Stop Toxic Waste Pipe into Northumberland Strait

The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp mill is located at Abercrombie Point adjacent to Pictou Harbour in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The proposed project will consist of the development of a wastewater treatment facility, and a pipeline that will carry treated effluent overland and marine environment and discharge in a local marine outfall.

The pipeline will enter the south side of Pictou Harbour and make landfall on the north side of the harbour roughly following Highway 106 right-of-way to Caribou, and then re-enters the marine environment adjacent to the Northumberland Ferries marine terminal and continues for approximately 4.0 km through Caribou Harbour and discharging into the Northumberland Strait.

The 2015 Boat Harbour Act gives the mill until January 30, 2020 to use Boat Harbour for its effluent discharge site.

Premier Stephen McNeil has made a commitment to Pictou Landing First Nation that the closure date is firm, but many aren't so sure.

Even if the closure date stands, proposals for an alternative treatment and disposal facility have been submitted, but have been met with great opposition from the Pictou Landing First Nation and fishermen in the three Maritime provinces.

More than 200 studies have been conducted over the years to find out what contaminants are in the sediment in Boat Harbour. A poisonous mix containing cadmium, mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), petroleum hydrocarbons, zinc, and, notably, dioxins and furans.

According to Health Canada, health effects of dioxins and furans include: skin disorders; liver problems; impairment of the immune system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions; effects on the developing nervous system and other developmental events; and certain types of cancers.

- Are you opposed to this pipe potentially devastating the local fishing industry?
- Are you opposed to toxic effluent being dumped in mass quantities upstream from where you and your family live or vacation, swim and boat?
- Are you in support of local First Nations who who's health, well-being and livelihood are directly impacted by this pollution.
- Are you in favour of Premier Steven McNeil keeping his promise to uphold the Jan 30th, 2020 deadline for halting the use of boat harbour as the Mills dumping site?

If so, please show your support by signing and leaving a comment that can be forwarded to the decision makers for consideration.

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