Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Environmental Assessment


Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project


This is to advise that on October 2, 2019, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (Northern Pulp) submitted the Focus Report for the Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp mill is located at Abercrombie Point adjacent to Pictou Harbour in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The proposed project will consist of the development of a new effluent (wastewater) treatment facility (ETF) constructed on Northern Pulp property, and a transmission pipeline that will carry treated effluent overland and in the marine environment and discharge via an engineered diffuser (marine outfall).

The new ETF will employ the AnoxKaldnes BAS™ Biological Activated Sludge process purchased from Veolia Water Technologies, which combines Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology with conventional activated sludge. Once treated onsite at Northern Pulp's facility, effluent will be sent through an approximately 15 km long pipeline. The pipeline will enter the south side of Pictou Harbour and make landfall on the north side of the harbour roughly following Highway 106 right-of-way to Caribou, and then re-enters the marine environment adjacent to the Northumberland Ferries marine terminal and continues for approximately 4.0 km through Caribou Harbour to the Northumberland Strait, terminating at an engineered marine outfall.

Minister's Decision

On December 17, 2019, the Minister of Environment determined that an Environmental Assessment Report is appropriate, pursuant to Section 18(b) of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.

Project Documents

Comments Received on the Draft Terms of Reference for the Preparation of an Environmental Assessment Report:

Comments Received on Focus Report:

Focus Report

Comments Received on the Registration Document:

Registration Document

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments* on the Draft Terms of Reference for the Preparation of an Environmental Assessment Report were accepted until February 7, 2020.

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