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Draft approval for N.S. pulp mill calls for reduced water usage

Draft of industrial approval for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia would require company to bring down water usage, waste water by 40 per cent by 2020



HALIFAX—A draft of an industrial approval for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. would require the paper mill to reduce air emissions, water consumption and waste water effluent.

The province’s Environment Department has released the draft industrial approval, which the government says would bring the Pictou County operation in line with other mills in North America.

It would require the company to bring down water usage and waste water by 40 per cent by 2020.

Comments on the draft industrial approval, which is posted on the department’s website, will be accepted until Jan. 5.

The mill’s existing approval expires Jan. 30.

The facility has been working in recent months to bring down emissions levels by May 30 after a government compliance order was issued in August.

Testing conducted by Stantec Inc. found emissions from the facility were still too high.

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