A boat is docked at a wharf at the mouth of the Barrachois Harbour. Raissa Tetanish photo

Northern Pulp has registered its proposed effluent treatment plan for environmental assessment with the province.

The company’s registration document, available at www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea, says a new pipeline will carry treated effluent for discharge in the Northumberland Strait.

The company says it plans to use an AxnoKaldnes BAS™ biological activated sludge treatment process. The process combines moving conventional activated sludge with bed biofilm reactor technology.

The proposed project would see the treated effluent travel a pipeline along Highway 106 for more than 11 kilometres before entering marine environment near Northumberland Ferries’ marine terminal. From there, the pipeline would continue for 4.1 kilometres through Caribou Harbour to the Northumberland Strait where it would be discharged by an engineered diffuser.

Through the environmental assessment, the public has a chance to comment on the proposed project. The public comment period ends March 9. The Environment Minister will decide on or before March 29 if approval can be granted.

Comments can be submitted by emailing ea@novascotia.ca, or online at www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/comments.asp.

Comments can also be mailed to:

Environmental Assessment Branch
Nova Scotia Environment
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8