Northern Pulp issued ministerial order setting terms for orderly shutdown

By / Candian Press

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s environment minister concedes the province is living up to the spirit of the law but not the letter in allowing the Northern Pulp mill to continue to dump effluent past a legislated deadline Friday.

Gordon Wilson said he agreed with a reporter’s description of the government’s decision to allow some discharge from the plant past the date when it was supposed to cease all operations at its treatment facility in Boat Harbour, N.S.

“I think that’s a good way of putting it, yes,” Wilson told reporters following Thursday’s cabinet meeting.

Premier Stephen McNeil had previously maintained the Boat Harbour Act, which set the deadline, would not be breached because no new effluent would be flowing into the treatment lagoons near the Pictou Landing First Nation.