Nova Scotia pulp mill surprised by government’s refusal to access Crown land

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HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it has denied requests from Northern Pulp and Paper for more access to Crown land and financial assistance.

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. has indicated there was an incident with a moisture switch that released total reduced sulfur compounds (TRS) from the mill on June 12. The Department of Environment is investigating. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS

A spokeswoman for Premier Stephen McNeil says the Pictou County mill had asked to harvest an additional 500,000 green metric tonnes of fibre from Crown land.

Laurel Munroe says McNeil told a business luncheon today in Halifax that the mill’s request was being turned down.

Munroe says the government is also refusing to fund an oxygen delineation project at the mill in Abercrombie at a cost of $27 million to $30 million.

Don Breen, the mill’s general manager, says he was surprised to hear of McNeil’s comments.

Breen says the mill believed the government was still considering its request, and he only learned otherwise through media reports.

When asked whether the mill had also been seeking financial assistance, Breen said the mill is constantly in discussions with the government for various projects but it had not made any formal requests other than for the Crown land.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pictou County, Halifax Abercrombie

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