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.

Please note: In Table 6.1 on Page 33 of Appendix 6.2 - Updated Air Dispersion Model there was a typo in the unit of measurement. The typo has been corrected to clarify that the units for the Dioxin and Furans ambient air quality criteria and predicted concentration results are in picograms of toxic equivalent (TEQ) per cubic meter (pg TEQ/m3).

Minister's Decision

In accordance with Sections 15-18 of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval.

Project Documents

Focus Report

Comments Received during Class I Environmental Assessment Process

Registration Document

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on this project were accepted until November 8, 2019.

For questions related to the EA process, please contact us

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