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Paper Excellence is proposing a complete transformation of Northern Pulp. One that would transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills. We are prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to create a clean and sustainable mill.

Tomorrow's Mill

  • Increased transparency and trust
  • Enhanced community engagement and relationships
  • Wastewater components to be treated and reduced by 75%
  • 45% reduction in water use
  • No detectable odour in surrounding communities during normal operations
  • 70% reduction in visible plumes
  • Advanced ETF and all new equipment located on the Mill site
  • No pipeline crossing neighbouring communities
  • Improved appearance
  • Among the best-in-class Canadian Kraft mills in terms of suspended solids, colour, organic halides, and biological oxygen demand (BOD).



Proposed Transformation

The proposed transformation has been developed to address community issues and concerns while using Best Available Technology to transform the mill into a best-in-class operation. In some cases, Northern Pulp is proposing to install first-of-its-kind technology in Canada.

Key aspects of the transformation include:

  • A public dashboard on the Northern Pulp website to display live environmental data, such as ambient monitors, mill recorded environmental data, water use, etc.
  • Oxygen delignification to reduce bleaching chemical use.
  • Best new primary and secondary treatment systems to remove solids, organics, and colour.
  • New tertiary treatment system (rotating disc filters) to ensure the highest quality water release and colour removal. The continuously operating tertiary treatment will be the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Converting the recovery boiler to a low-odor configuration.
  • A new wet electrostatic precipitator to remove fine particles from being released into the air.
  • Implement the Lahey Report recommendations on Northern Pulp private lands and crown allocation.

Learn more about each aspect of the transformation in the column to the right.




Environmental Assessment

The proposed transformation plan, including an advanced tertiary Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF), is at an early stage. Northern Pulp has registered the three-stage effluent treatment facility project with Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change. Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change is reviewing the project description and will issue a Draft Terms of Reference for a comprehensive environmental assessment for the project. The public will be able to review and comment on the draft Terms of Reference before it is finalized by Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change.

Through ongoing environmental studies and consultation with communities throughout 2021, the proposed transformation may change. This website will be updated to keep you informed of how the project may change and how it is progressing. There will be plenty of opportunities to view plans and provide your comments throughout the process.

Paper Excellence is proposing a complete transformation of Northern Pulp. One that would transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills. We are prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to create a clean and sustainable mill.

Tomorrow's Mill

  • Increased transparency and trust
  • Enhanced community engagement and relationships
  • Wastewater components to be treated and reduced by 75%
  • 45% reduction in water use
  • No detectable odour in surrounding communities during normal operations
  • 70% reduction in visible plumes
  • Advanced ETF and all new equipment located on the Mill site
  • No pipeline crossing neighbouring communities
  • Improved appearance
  • Among the best-in-class Canadian Kraft mills in terms of suspended solids, colour, organic halides, and biological oxygen demand (BOD).



Proposed Transformation

The proposed transformation has been developed to address community issues and concerns while using Best Available Technology to transform the mill into a best-in-class operation. In some cases, Northern Pulp is proposing to install first-of-its-kind technology in Canada.

Key aspects of the transformation include:

  • A public dashboard on the Northern Pulp website to display live environmental data, such as ambient monitors, mill recorded environmental data, water use, etc.
  • Oxygen delignification to reduce bleaching chemical use.
  • Best new primary and secondary treatment systems to remove solids, organics, and colour.
  • New tertiary treatment system (rotating disc filters) to ensure the highest quality water release and colour removal. The continuously operating tertiary treatment will be the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Converting the recovery boiler to a low-odor configuration.
  • A new wet electrostatic precipitator to remove fine particles from being released into the air.
  • Implement the Lahey Report recommendations on Northern Pulp private lands and crown allocation.

Learn more about each aspect of the transformation in the column to the right.




Environmental Assessment

The proposed transformation plan, including an advanced tertiary Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF), is at an early stage. Northern Pulp has registered the three-stage effluent treatment facility project with Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change. Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change is reviewing the project description and will issue a Draft Terms of Reference for a comprehensive environmental assessment for the project. The public will be able to review and comment on the draft Terms of Reference before it is finalized by Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change.

Through ongoing environmental studies and consultation with communities throughout 2021, the proposed transformation may change. This website will be updated to keep you informed of how the project may change and how it is progressing. There will be plenty of opportunities to view plans and provide your comments throughout the process.

  • Northern Pulp developing registration document for Class II environmental assessment

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    Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (“Northern Pulp”) is developing a registration document for its proposed transformation project for its pulp mill in Pictou County (the “Mill”) to initiate a Class II environmental assessment.

    On July 15, 2021, Hon. Keith Irving, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced his decision that a Class II environmental assessment process is required for the proposed project.

    The proposed project will transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills.

    “We look forward to working with Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change, conducting thorough and transparent scientific research, and consulting with the public and aboriginal people throughout the Class II environmental assessment process,” said Graham Kissack, VP, Environment, Health & Safety, and Corporate Communications, Paper Excellence.

    Once the project is registered, the registration document will be posted online, and Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change will draft terms of reference for public review and comment.

    The launch of the proposed transformation project and the Minister’s decision requiring a Class II environmental assessment are just the beginning of Mill’s transformation process. Over the coming months, Northern Pulp will engage and collaborate with the community to refine plans for the transformation project and begin work on a comprehensive environmental assessment.

    The more than $350 million proposed transformation project has been developed to address community issues and concerns while using Best Available Technology to transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation, environmentally and otherwise.

    Northern Pulp has launched a new information and engagement website, www.TomorrowsMill.ca, for community members to learn more and provide input on the proposed transformation project.

    The transformation of Northern Pulp would result in hundreds of jobs during construction and re-establish more than 300 well-paying direct mill jobs in Pictou County and more than 2,500 forestry sector jobs throughout the province when the Mill is operational.

    Northern Pulp produces Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp at the Mill that is used in the manufacturing of a variety of products from tissue and paper towels to food additives and packaging.

  • Paper Excellence proposes a complete transformation of Nova Scotia kraft pulp mill

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    ABERCROMBIE, NS, July 15, 2021 – Paper Excellence is proposing a complete transformation of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (“Northern Pulp” or “the Company”), a producer of high-quality Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp at its kraft pulp mill in Pictou County (the “Mill”) that is used in the manufacturing of a variety of products from tissue and paper towels to food additives and packaging.

    The Mill operated for more than six decades prior to its hibernation in January 2020. It is clear to Paper Excellence that future Mill operations and processes—from community engagement and transparency to forestry practices and addressing odour, air, and water emissions—must be better than the Mill of yesterday.

    Paper Excellence is proposing to transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills.

    “Paper Excellence acknowledges community concerns and wants to work with community members to build trust, finalize a transformation plan for a clean and sustainable Mill, and develop a new relationship for the Mill and community moving forward,” said Graham Kissack, VP, Environment, Health & Safety, and Corporate Communications, Paper Excellence.

    Since hibernating the Mill in January 2020, Northern Pulp has reviewed findings and stakeholder input on the previously proposed replacement effluent treatment facility to inform the transformation plan. A significant part of Northern Pulp’s community engagement over the past year has been through the formation of and engagement with an independent, volunteer Environmental Liaison Committee, which produced a report outlining the issues and concerns they propose need to be addressed if the Mill is to reopen.

    The more than $350 million proposed transformation plan has been developed to address community issues and concerns while using Best Available Technology to transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation, environmentally and otherwise.

    The proposed transformation plan will provide a sustainable future for the Mill and its workforce, the community, and the forestry sector throughout Nova Scotia. Among other things, the Mill transformation will result in:

    • No detectable odour in surrounding communities during normal operations, visible plumes above the Mill reduced by 70%, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Water use reduced by 45%, and wastewater components to be treated and reduced by 75%. The treated wastewater will be released into Pictou Harbour, adjacent to the Mill site. The exact location will be determined through further environmental study and community engagement.
    • All new equipment is located on the Mill site and no pipeline crossing neighborhood communities.
    • Full implementation of the Lahey Report recommendations on Northern Pulp-owned and Crown-managed land.
    • A low-carbon and energy-efficient operation.

    Key elements of the Mill transformation include:

    • A public dashboard on the Northern Pulp website to display live environmental data, such as ambient monitors, mill recorded environmental data, water use, etc.
    • Oxygen delignification to reduce bleaching chemical use.
    • Best new primary and secondary treatment systems to remove solids, organics, and colour.
    • Installation of a new tertiary effluent treatment system, consisting of rotating disc filters, to ensure the highest quality water release and colour removal. The continuously operating tertiary treatment will be the second of its kind in Canada.
    • Converting the recovery boiler to a low-odour configuration.
    • A new wet electrostatic precipitator to remove fine particles from being released into the air.
    • Implement the Lahey Report recommendations on Northern Pulp private lands and crown allocation.

    Northern Pulp has launched a new information and engagement website, www.TomorrowsMill.ca, for community members to learn more and provide input on the proposed transformation plan.

    “We want to make it as easy as possible for community members to receive updates, review science-based information, ask questions, and engage in dialogue about the proposed transformation,” said Kissack. “In the short-term, we will be hosting virtual and telephone town hall meetings and we will shift to in-person sessions as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.”

    Northern Pulp acknowledges it operates in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory and ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq Nation, and looks forward to meaningful engagement and collaboration with Pictou Landing First Nation and members of the Indigenous community in Nova Scotia.

    The Company has filed the project description for the effluent treatment system including tertiary treatment with Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change. Filing the project description is the first step in the provincial environmental approval process.

    “We look forward to working with the Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change, conducting thorough and transparent scientific research, and consulting with the public and aboriginal people throughout the environmental assessment process,” said Kissack.

    The transformation of Northern Pulp would result in hundreds of jobs during construction and re-establish more than 300 well-paying direct mill jobs in Pictou County and more than 2,500 forestry sector jobs throughout the province when the Mill is operational.

    Media Briefing

    Northern Pulp will host a technical media briefing on the transformation concept at 11:45 a.m. AT today, July 15, 2021. The media can call or log in to the virtual briefing using the following details:

    Media can view the briefing at the above website but must call 1-833-380-0740 to be able to ask a question.

    The media briefing will also be live streamed on Northern Pulp’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NorthernPulpNovaScotia.

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    Media Contact:

    Media@NorthernPulp.com