Nova Scotia’s infrastructure minister says taxpayers will have to pay a portion of the cost for a new effluent treatment facility for the Northern Pulp mill.
Lloyd Hines says he doesn’t have a figure yet but does say it’s unlikely the province “will be on the hook for the entirety” of the new facility.
Legislation passed in 2015 requires the cleanup of the current treatment site at nearby Boat Harbour by 2020.
Hines says the government is negotiating with the mill to find a way where the province won’t have to pay the entire bill.
The new treatment plant has been a subject of controversy for lobster fishermen in the Northumberland Strait including PEI plus tourism concerns.