Northern Pulp mill starting after effluent leak
Environment Canada had ordered mill to clean up spill and fix pipe
The Northern Pulp mill in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County, should be back in operation today after a two-week shutdown.
Operators of the mill hoped to push its first bale of pulp through the mill Monday night at 9 p.m., but that didn't happen.
Mill managers say they're not surprised and that it can take up to 48 hours to get a mill that size running after a full shutdown.
David MacKenzie, a spokesperson for Northern Pulp, says the leaky pipe that was dumping effluent has been repaired.
“The pipe has been repaired and is already back in operation. It’s been tested …. and right now there’s a continuous flow flowing through it,” he said.
MacKenzie says the mill is expected to running at full capacity by Tuesday night, at the latest.
Environment Canada ordered the shutdown of the mill after discovering the leak two weeks ago.
After more than a week of protest, the province has agreed to close the mill's waste treatment plant entirely, but that's still several years away.