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The provincial government says Northern Pulp will need to file an environmental assessment report for its proposed effluent treatment plant.

Environment Minister Gordon Wilson made this announcement just minutes ago.

“While there has been some good work done here, I have concluded I need more science-based information before me to properly assess the potential risks to air, water, fish and human health,” said Wilson. “An environmental assessment report will have to address these issues, and others, to be successful.”

By Jan. 10, the department will post draft terms of reference online. The public and government reviewers will have 30 days to comment.

Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul says her community is “sticking with the closure date of January 31, 2020.”

Check back later for more details.