Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) responds to the proposal put forth by FSC International on December 17, 2015, to launch a mediation process between interested parties with the goal of identifying solutions to forest management issues in the Canadian boreal forest. The proposal follows Resolute's expression of concern regarding the viability of FSC certification in Canada given several significant challenges. Resolute firmly believes that any mediation process concerning forest management in Quebec or Ontario must be led by the respective provincial governments, as they are clearly responsible for issues related to forest management planning. These issues include the resolution of disputes between First Nations and the implementation of a caribou conservation strategy, both of which are cited as key areas of focus in FSC International's proposal. According to an article published this morning in Le Quotidien, it is not clear whether the Quebec government would be willing to participate in such a process.
Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation’s (NPNS) effluent treatment facility project is now registered with Nova Scotia’s Environment Department.
“This is a significant milestone for this project that is vital to the continued operation of NorthernPulp, anchor to Nova Scotia’s forest industry” states Brian Baarda, Chief Executive Officer with Paper Excellence Canada. “An extensive amount of time, expertise and commitment has gone into the development of this modern world-class facility.”
The proposed project sees a new effluent treatment facility (ETF) constructed on Northern Pulp property which includes a water pipe to deliver treated effluent to Caribou Harbour. Ultimately, the effluent discharge will be into the Northumberland Strait, as has been the case since 1967.
“We all have the same goal which is to see Boat Harbour returned to its natural state,” explains Bruce Chapman, General Manager with Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation. “We simply need a bit more time to carry out due diligence in each phase from environmental assessment, to construction and commissioning of this new facility.”