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Feds provide update on forthcoming pulp and paper effluent regulations


February 4, 2019
By P&PC Staff

February 4, 2019 – The federal government has delivered an update on the new pollution regulations it is developing for pulp and paper mills. 

CBC News reports that representatives from Environment and Climate Change Canada met with Prince Edward Island’s standing committee on agriculture and fisheries last week amid the ongoing Northern Pulp effluent drainage controversy in nearby Nova Scotia.

The new regulations would set more stringent standards on the level of contaminants allowed in pulp mill wastewater. The standards would also expand to include products – such as fabrics – that have been developed by the pulp and paper industry since the regulations were last updated. The effluent makeup has changed with the introduction of the new technologies, officials say. 


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The Northern Pulp mill would be subject to these new regulations if it is to meet the Nova Scotia government’s January 2020 deadline to move its effluent drainage pipeline off the Pictou Landing First Nations reserve.

The second round of consultations for the new pulp and paper mill regulations will not occur until early 2020.

Read the CBC’s full story on the pulp and paper standards.