Northern Pulp confirms leak, immediate response at Nova Scotia mill
Cloutier says First Nations and authorities were notified of the incident
PICTOU, N.S. – The Northern Pulp mill in Nova Scotia says it took action immediately after discovering a leak from one of its effluent pipes over the weekend.
The company says it was first notified of an effluent leak at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, a day after the mill began its annual maintenance shutdown.
Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for the mill’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada, told Global News the leak is downstream from where another leak occurred in 2014.
Cloutier says First Nations and authorities were notified of the incident as soon as it was confirmed.
The nearby Pictou Landing First Nation confirmed the news in a Facebook post Sunday, saying they were told it was a smaller leak than the one in 2014.
Cloutier said in an email that Northern Pulp has a third-party environmental consultant on site to assess the situation and determine next steps.