Nova Scotia's environment minister preparing to extend wastewater permit for Northern Pulp, which First Nation chief says violates 1995 agreement with local band, runs counter to recent Liberal Party resolution calling for cleanup of Boat Harbor

LOS ANGELES , April 18, 2014 () – Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. is expected to receive another extension of its permit to discharge wastewater from its Abercrombie Point northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp mill into Boat Harbor, reported The News on April 17.

However, Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul says the extension violates an agreement reached with the band in 1995, as well as runs counter to a recent Liberal Party resolution calling for a cleanup of the harbor.

First Nation intends to continue with a lawsuit filed in 2010 against the province and owners of Northern Pulp. The lawsuit, which continues to wind its way through the court system, seeks an injunction against dumping waste into Boat Harbor, said Paul.

The chief said in a press release issued on April 17 that the band intends to stop the flow of wastewater into Boat Harbor by “any means necessary” but did not elaborate as to what exactly that would involve, The News reported.

The Nova Scotia Liberal Party at its recent annual convention called on the government to immediately take action on Boat Harbor. Paul said she hoped Nova Scotia’s premier would heed the wishes of his own political party.

Under the province’s Environment Act, Northern Pulp cannot discharge wastewater into Boat Harbor without approval. Environment Minister Randy Delorey had decided to extend the current permit, which expires April 19, 2014.

The permit has been extended several times since the 1995 agreement’s deadline to close the Boat Harbor wastewater treatment plant by Dec. 31, 2005 passed, reported The News.

The delay is thought to be linked to the C$100 million it would cost for a new treatment plant. The expense was to be borne by the province and owners of Great Northern Pulp, according to a separate agreement.

The primary source of this article is The News, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, on April 17, 2014. Click here to view the full version of the primary source's original article.

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