Nova Scotia launches environmental assessment for wood pulp mill proposed in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, N.S. — Nova Scotia’s government has launched an environmental assessment for a pulp mill project that’s being proposed by the Miller Paper Corp. in the hope of restoring the industry. The Environment Ministry…

Nova Scotia launches environmental assessment for wood pulp mill proposed in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, N.S. — Nova Scotia’s government has launched an environmental assessment for a pulp mill project that’s being proposed by the Miller Paper Corp. in the hope of restoring the industry.

The Environment Ministry says in a release that the review is being conducted as part of the provincial Environmental Review Act.

The review is an advisory process that will take about 90 days and allow proponents to receive feedback before recommendations to the government.

The environmental assessment covers a range of issues, including potential health impacts, ground water and aquifer quality issues, water safety, monitoring, wildlife species protection, vegetation and soils, and visual impact.

Miller Paper says it has spent nearly $6 million in pre-feasibility studies for a $4-billion pulp mill in New Edinburgh, located on the northern edge of the Eastern Townships, which would be the company’s second in the province.

The mill would convert softwood pulp into newsprint, recycled pulp and packaging board.

Miller’s CEO said earlier this year he hoped to seek provincial authorization this fall, with construction slated to begin in 2020.

Miller said it would invest $425 million in the mill, and Environment Minister Naomi MacMillan has said the mill will create 400 jobs and generate an additional $300 million in economic activity.

This story has been corrected to show that the first decade of Miller Paper’s Tides Forest in Nova Scotia is 1980, not 1973.

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