Effluent leak at Northern Pulp; plant temporarily shut down

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A leak in the effluent system pipe at Northern Pulp was detected near the pipe’s landfall on the Pictou Landing side of the East River.

UPDATED: Members of Pictou Landing First Nation have stopped machineryfrom accessing the site where the leak is believed to be located because it is on a aboriginal burial site. More to come...

It was detected at approximately 7 a.m. this morning.

A release from Northern Pulp  noted that management and staff responded immediately and the mill is being shutdown to stop the flow of effluent to allow staff to assess the situation.

"Our primary concern is the safety of the public, mill employees and protection of the environment," read the release. "At this time, all resources are focused on ensuring that the shutdown of the mill and containment of any effluent is carried out in a safe and timely manner."

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Northern Pulp said there is no danger posed to the public and that the mill has protocols in place and trained staff in the event of these situations. Nova Scotia Department of the Environment was contacted and the mill said they are working with them and others to assess the situation.

Organizations: Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia Department of

Geographic location: Northern Pulp

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