our resources • our future
Friends of the Northumberland Strait is a community group concerned about Northern Pulp’s proposed wastewater treatment facility and its potential impact on the environment. Our goal is to create a better future together by protecting the water, air, land and resources of our region, so that we can thrive for
generations to come.
We compile the facts and science, so you can make informed opinions and decisions about Northern Pulp's plans.
We engage the public through open houses, workshops, presentations and social media.
We make our voice heard through letter campaigns, presentations, signage and rallies.
Northern Pulp.... Round 3
Northern Pulp’s Environmental Assessment Registration Document (EARD) was accepted by Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change (NSECC) on December 7 2021, kicking off the EA process for a Class II Environmental Assessment of their latest proposal for a new effluent treatment facility. Northern Pulp has chosen to submit the absolute minimum of information in the document. Critical questions remain unanswered in this document.
Next step: draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the required Environmental Assessment report will be released by NSECC on December 21. The public will have until January 31 to respond.
In the coming days and weeks, FONS will have more to share to help those who would like to respond to the Terms of Reference.
The Change Is Real
After 53 years of air and water pollution from a bleached kraft pulp mill, the air is lighter and the water is clearer in Pictou County and in neighbouring communities.
"The date is the date."
- Chief Andrea Paul -
Pictou Landing First Nation
For 53 years, Pictou Landing First Nation endured air and water pollution from pulp mill effluent that flowed into their sacred A'se'k (Boat Harbour). Since 1991 the NS Government has broken multiple promises to Pictou Landing First Nation to stop the pollution and return A'se'k back to a tidal estuary. On December 18, 2019, Premier McNeil kept his promise and honoured the Boat Harbour Act. Pulp effluent no longer runs into Boat Harbour and the site is currently under going a federal environmental assessment for remediation.