Town of New Glas­gow shows sup­port for mill re­me­di­a­tion

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SAM MACDON­ALD

On be­half of the Town of New Glas­gow, Mayor Nancy Dicks has ex­pressed sup­port for the re­me­di­a­tion be­ing planned for the clo­sure of the Boat Har­bour ef­flu­ent treat­ment plant.

Dicks sent this sup­port in the form of a let­ter to Pre­mier Stephen McNeil on Oct. 17. In the email, Pic­tou West MLA Karla MacFar­lane, Pic­tou Cen­tre MLA Pat Dunn and Pic­tou East MLA Tim Hous­ton were also ad­dressed.

Along with the three Pic­tou County MLAs, the let­ter was also ad­dressed to Lloyd Hines, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal; Hon. Geoff MacLel­lan, Min­is­ter of Busi­ness; Mar­garet Miller, Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Iain Rankin, the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment.

Dicks told the News that in light of the man­date for the Boat Har­bour fa­cil­ity to close in 2020, the Town of New Glas­gow sup­ports the Gov­ern­ment of Nova Sco­tia, North­ern Pulp and owner Pa­per Ex­cel­lence in the process they have en­tered into to re­place the fa­cil­ity.

“The mill can’t op­er­ate with­out an ef­flu­ent treat­ment fa­cil­ity – we un­der­stand that. That let­ter of sup­port was say­ing that we sup­port the con­sul­ta­tion process that is needed to make a de­ci­sion on the new treat­ment fa­cil­ity,” said Dicks.

Dicks noted that the town’s ex­pec­ta­tion is that North­ern Pulp abides by all en­vi­ron­men­tal and in­dus­try stan­dards, with com­plete con­sid­er­a­tion taken for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We ac­knowl­edge that this has to take into con­sid­er­a­tion our en­vi­ron­ment – and our fish­ing in­dus­try in par­tic­u­lar – and none of those are to be com­pro­mised,” said Dicks.

The mayor noted that she un­der­stands the con­cerns of those in the fish­ing in­dus­try, stat­ing, “New Glas­gow town coun­cil is not supporting one in­dus­try over the other. We are supporting the proper process, con­sul­ta­tion – and the en­vi­ron­men­tal guide­lines.

“Our goal is that through proper process, we can find an op­por­tu­nity for North­ern Pulp to op­er­ate, and at the same time, be very cog­nizant of the fact that we must be aware of the im­pact on other in­dus­tries and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Kathy Cloutier, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Pa­per Ex­cel­lence Canada, wrote in an email that, “as a long term cor­po­rate ci­ti­zen of the re­gion, all re­tirees and cur­rent em­ploy­ees of North­ern Pulp ap­pre­ci­ate acts of sup­port and recog­ni­tion re­gard­ing our con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy and prov­ince.”

As one of many stake­hold­ers, Cloutier wrote, “we ap­pre­ci­ate the will­ing­ness of New Glas­gow to put pen to pa­per of­fer­ing sup­port to the gov­ern­ment of Nova Sco­tia and North­ern Pulp as we work through the process that will see an ef­flu­ent treat­ment fa­cil­ity re­place­ment con­structed.”

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