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ABERCROMBIE  – Northern Pulp filed a motion in Supreme Court of Nova Scotia today.

The company is challenging Environment Minister Gordon Wilson’s decision requiring an Environmental Assessment Report for the company’s proposed effluent treatment facility.

It filed a request with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a judicial review of Wilson’s Dec. 17, 2019, decision requiring the report.

A press release issued on behalf of the company says that Northern Pulp, nine individuals representing the broader forestry sector, and Unifor, the union representing hourly employees at Northern Pulp’s kraft pulp facility, have applied to the Supreme Court to review if the decision was made on proper grounds and considered all of the evidence presented.

The applicants are hopeful that the judicial review will bring transparency to the decision-making process especially as Northern Pulp considers its potential upcoming Environmental Assessment process.

“We’re hoping that through this judicial review, Northern Pulp will be provided with clarity about the process and elements required in order to be successful in the EA process that we’ll be embarking on later this year,” said Brian Baarda, chief executive officer of Paper Excellence Canada.

He added, “We believe all of the necessary ingredients for a successful pulp industry are here in Nova Scotia including access to fibre, deep sea ports, a talented labour pool and a modern, competitive pulp mill.”

Northern Pulp has started the safe and environmentally sound hibernation of operations to meet the impending deadline of January 31, 2020 imposed by the Boat Harbour Act.

The company is working with the provincial government to finalize these plans and are preparing to respond to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment’s draft terms of reference for an Environmental Assessment Report for the proposed effluent treatment facility.