**** ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE CHANGE Release
Northern Pulp Effluent Treatment Plant Project to Undergo Class II Environmental Assessment
Northern Pulp’s effluent treatment plant project will undergo a Class II environmental assessment.
The company’s proposal involves changes to the pulp mill itself, as well as the design and construction of a new effluent treatment plant.
“The changes outlined in the company’s project description would make the mill a substantially different facility than the one that had operated there previously. As a result, I have concluded it requires a Class II environmental assessment process,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Keith Irving.
A Class II environmental assessment typically takes 275 calendar days to complete, not including the time it takes to prepare an environmental assessment report. The proponent has up to two years, outside of the review time, to prepare the environmental assessment report.
In a Class II process, an environmental assessment panel is appointed to review the project and provide a report and recommendation to the minister.
Northern Pulp formally withdrew its previous replacement effluent treatment project from the environmental assessment process on May 5, 2021.
The next step is for the company to register its new project for environmental assessment. Once that happens, the registration documents will be posted online, and the department will draft terms of reference for public review and comment.