Pictou, N.S., the owner of the North Pulp Paper Factory, wants to extend the provincial law to close the factory's waste water plant in January 2020.
Speaking at the Halifax news conference, Paper Excellence officials pointed out that the company is committed to correcting five decades of pollution. But the company says it takes more time to build a new $ 130 million wastewater treatment plant to replace the existing Boat Harbor, N.S.
The Boat Port Law was adopted by the Liberal Government of Nova Scotia in 2015 and requires the current mechanism to be closed by 31 January 2020 – one year from today. The move took place after pressure from Pictou Landing First Nation, next to the wastewater treatment plant.
The lagoons have almost 50 years of toxic waste and are called one of the worst cases of environmental racism in Canada.
But Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is unsuccessful at the company's request.
"The deadline is a deadline," he told reporters on Thursday.
The company says it won't work in the mill without extension – but doesn't say it's ready to shut down permanently.
"We will not work illegally, but we believe that we will get there," said Kathy Cloutier, the Paper Excellence Representative.
McNeils seemed to be ready for the closure of the North Pulp for some time.
"The question would be how long the company could cut."
McNeil says that the province is affected by the worst case scenario for its commitments, the financial support status of North Pulp and other sawmills, employee pension plans and alternative markets for wood pulp purchased by North Pulp.
"We do it," he said.
Paper Excellence says it will start building the new processing plant as soon as it provides regulatory approval – even without the extension.
The mill's future and the way it handles 75 million liters of wastewater every day is the subject of intense debate in Northern Nova Scotia, especially in the Pictou district, where the mill has been operating since 1967.
At the end of the port, the company proposes to build, operate and operate an active sludge treatment system at the North Cellulose Plant with treated effluent discharged through a diffuser through the Northumberland Strait at Caribou, N.S.
The Thursday news conference coincided with the Northern Pulp, which submitted its environmental assessment to Nova Scotia's government. The evaluation will be made public within one week.
The proposal will be awarded a provincial 1st class report, which will last for about 50 days.
"The Federal Government is still considering a much longer review at the request of the First Nation and the neighboring province of Prince Edward Island, t
Fishermen argue that the proposed exhaust pipe will damage the area's lucrative lobster fishery and has strengthened the blockades to stop the survey vessels working on the pipeline route. This week, Northern Pulp issued a statement stating that fishermen had agreed to comply with a court order prohibiting them from blocking their ships.
The company maintains a system that complies with federal standards and discharges the treated pulp mill into fresh and salt water elsewhere.
The owner of the logs, Robin Wilmers, of Elmsdale Lumber says that the fate of the Northern pulp will affect the entire forest industry. Saws are sent to bark and chips.
"No pulp mill, no sawmill, farmer loses income from his own wood. It is a very integrated industry from Yarmouth to Sydney," said Wilmer.
He says he understands that Pictou County is frustrated by the pollution of the mill, but says the company deserves more time.
"Paper excellence has been around for a few years. Four more previous owners have left a bad taste in everyone's mouth," he says.
"We have to give them a chance."
Durney Nicholas is a fisherman from Pictou Landing First Nation. He took part in a press conference and was not sure.
"Always say," Give me more time, "but enough," he said.
On Thursday, over 500 people gathered at the Pictou Landing First Nation gym to begin a one-year countdown to shut down a port harbor, which it has been challenging for decades.
The ceremony included drumming and dancing, students read speeches, and people signed declarations of support to support the current deadline.
"We are not moving the date. Date is the date," Andrea Paul told reporters.
"We have one year and the port will not be used as a sewage dump. We are very excited."
Paul was emotional when she approached the crowd and talked about the boat port heritage and what it does with the environment.
"They took away our right to fish, they took away our right to survival, they took away our health."
Recognizing the wall of memory at the back of the room, the display with community members' names and pictures is no longer alive to see this day, Paul said it would be a holy day when the community gathered around the boat harbor within a year. sewage stopping.
"What a strong day will be," she said. "The next year will be a beautiful day."