Northern Pulp.

The province is seeking a Focus Report from Northern Pulp before rendering a decision on the pulp mill’s proposed effluent treatment plant.

Environment Minister Margaret Miller made the announcement on March 29.

“We make our decisions based on science and evidence” said Miller, in a press release. “In this case, I require more information to determine the impacts on the environment.”

Through the environmental assessment process, the department received comments from government reviewers and more than 900 submissions from the public. The decision and the comments are available at https://novascotia.ca/nse/ea/Replacement_Effluent_Treatment_Facility_Project/.

The department will give Northern Pulp terms of reference for the focus report by April 24. The terms will be posted on the department’s website. Northern Pulp will have up to one year from that date to submit the report.

The focus report will be posted on the department website and the public will have 30 days to comment. Government reviewers will also submit comments.

At that point, the minister’s decision options are to accept the project, reject it, or require an environmental assessment report.

More information about the process is available at https://novascotia.ca/nse/ea/docs/Reg_Time_Frames_EA_Dec2018.pdf.