Paper Excellence Canada announced today that Northern Pulp notified Nova Scotia Environment of its intention to pause the Environment Assessment for the new Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) to facilitate further detailed discussions with stakeholders about how Northern Pulp and the community can best work together to foster a clean environment, maintain and protect jobs, and contribute to a strong Nova Scotian economy. “We remain concerned that the Environmental Assessment, based on the current terms of reference, is ambiguous and would not result in a clear outcome. Instead, it could lead to more uncertainty, division, and disappointment among stakeholders,” said Graham Kissack, VP, Environment, Health, Safety and Communications for Paper Excellence Canada, on behalf of Northern Pulp. “Pausing the assessment will provide time for us to further engage the community in discussion about the mill and its future, how we can best co-exist, and an appropriate Environmental Assessment process for the environmental improvement being proposed.”
American Forest & Paper Association President & CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s directive to support U.S. manufacturing by expediting the permitting process and reducing regulatory burden affecting domestic manufacturing.
“We welcome this Presidential memorandum as a valuable step in addressing the anti-competitive and burdensome permitting processes that thwart innovation and even environmentally-beneficial projects at our facilities. Our top advocacy priority is ensuring regulations do more good than harm,” said Harman. “We will be working with the Administration and Congress to achieve that goal so our companies can grow and create jobs. With 900,000 employees in family-wage jobs in large and small communities across 45 states, the forest products industry is the face of U.S. manufacturing. Our future grows even brighter when forward-thinking public policy unleashes our ability to invest, innovate and compete on a greater scale.”