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


Environmental Assessment


Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project

Project Update

This is to advise that on May 5, 2021, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation has withdrawn the Replacement Effluent Treatment Plant Project from the environmental assessment process.


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

On December 17, 2019, the Minister of Environment determined that an Environmental Assessment Report is appropriate, pursuant to Section 18(b) of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.

Terms of Reference

On April 28, 2020, the Environmental Assessment Branch released the Final Terms of Reference.

Draft Terms of Reference

On Jan. 8, 2020, Department of Environment and Climate Change released draft terms of reference for public comment. The public comment period closed on Feb. 7, 2020.

Project Documents

Comments Received on Focus Report:

Focus Report

Registration Documents

Comments Received on the Registration Document:

Registration Document

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on the Draft Terms of Reference for the Preparation of an Environmental Assessment Report were accepted until February 7, 2020.

Comments online

Comments* were submitted via our online consultation form.

In writing

The public is invited to submit written comments* to:

Environmental Assessment Branch
Department of Environment and Climate Change
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8
Fax: (902) 424-6925

* Only those comments related to specifics of the Terms of Reference will be used to inform the finalization of the Terms of Reference through this process. As required by the Environmental Assessment Regulations, the company must be advised of comments received through this process.

Comments received from the public consultation will be posted on the department’s website for public viewing after the terms of reference is finalized. 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