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  The Nova Scotia Department of Supply and Services and
  Kimberly-Clark Nova Scotia (formerly Scott Maritimes Ltd.)
  have signed an agreement to transfer the Boat Harbour
  effluent treatment facility from the province to
  Kimberly-Clark, Supply and Services Minister Gerald O'Malley
  and Kimberly-Clark President and General Manager Gerry Byrne
  announced today.
  On Jan. 1, 1996, Kimberly-Clark assumed full operating
  responsibility and costs from the province. The company has
  also agreed to stop using the facility by Dec. 31, 2005. The
  province will complete system improvements and clean-up
  activities which were begun in 1994. These include the
  construction of an on-site landfill to handle sludge, clean
  out of the facility treatment basins and improvements to the
  aeration system.
  The province will save $1 million a year in operating costs
  with the transfer, Mr. O'Malley said.
  After appropriate consultations, the province will consider
  lowering the water level around Boat Harbour to its original
  level. Mr. O'Malley said this action means that a proposed
  pipeline to carry effluent into the Northumberland Strait
  will not be built. He added that the Pictou Landing Band
  lands that had been subject to the high water will be
  cleaned up by the province as soon as possible.
  Mr. O'Malley said the province's goals at the beginning of
  negotiations with the company were to get out of the
  effluent treatment business, to eliminate the need for a
  pipeline, and to ensure the eventual shut down of the
  facility. "I'm very pleased that these goals have been met,"
  he said. "Now we can start planning the long-term
  environmental remediation of Boat Harbour, in consultation
  with the band and other stakeholders."
  Gerry Byrne of Kimberly-Clark Nova Scotia said he felt the
  agreement was fair to both parties. "The 10-year operating
  term will enable us to continue in-plant improvements, which
  have a direct impact on the cleanliness of the effluent," he
  said. "It also allows time for us to evaluate emerging
  technologies and plan for an efficient system to eventually
  replace Boat Harbour.
  "We are now pushing to have the Boat Harbour system
  improvements in place as soon as possible to ensure
  government regulations continue to be met."
  Mr. O'Malley said the Pictou Landing Band Council were kept
  abreast of developments throughout the negotiations and
  "consultation with the council was an important factor
  leading to this agreement." He said the province will lead
  the long-term site remediation and looks forward to working
  with the band and such community organizations as the Pictou
  Harbour Environmental Protection Project, Citizens Against
  Pollution and local fishermen in the remediation planning.
  As part of the agreement to establish the Scott Maritimes
  pulp mill, the Nova Scotia government agreed in 1970 to
  treat the mill's wastewater effluent for a minimum of 25
  years. The key elements of the new agreement were agreed to
  prior to the recent merger of Scott Paper Company and
  Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
  Contact: David MacNeil
           Supply and Services
           Jack Kyte
           Kimberly-Clark Nova Scotia
           902-755-5404  ext. 134
  trp                        Jan. 12, 1996