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


Environmental Assessment


Mill Transformation and Effluent Treatment Facility Project


This is to advise that on December 7, 2021, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation, registered the Mill Transformation project for Class II environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act. Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change will prepare and release a Draft Terms of Condition for the preparation of an Environment Assessment Report for public review on December 21, 2021.

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (NPNS) produces high-quality bleached elemental chlorine-free kraft market pulp at the mill at Abercrombie Point. The NPNS pulp mill is located at Abercrombie Point adjacent to Pictou Harbour in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The NPNS Mill Transformation Project proposes to upgrade the current mill processes to meet Best Available Technologies to ensure that the mill’s environmental performance meets best in class within Canada. In addition, NPNS will add an advanced tertiary treatment stage to the proposed primary and secondary BAT Effluent Treatment Facility, and propose to discharge effluent into the Pictou Harbour estuary. A description of the proposed project can be found in the Registration Documents.

On December 21, 2021, Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change released the draft Terms of Reference for the preparation of the environmental assessment report for the Mill Transformation and Effluent Treatment Facility Project.

Project Documents

Registration Documents

Opportunities for Public Input

Comments on the Draft Terms of Conditions for the preparation of the Environmental Assessment Report will be accepted until January 31, 2022. Only those comments related to specifics of the terms of reference will be used to inform the finalization of the Terms of Reference.

The public is invited to submit written comments to:

Environmental Assessment Branch
Environment and Climate Change
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8

or contact the department at or online at

* All comments received from the public consultation will be posted on the department's website for public viewing (after the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has made a decision on this environmental assessment). In the case of an individual, the address, email and contact information will be removed before being placed on the website. By submitting your comments, you are consenting to the posting of your comments on the department's website.

For questions related to the EA process, please contact us