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Environmental advocacy groups pan union's report on Northern Pulp

Jill Graham-Scanlon described the report as an obvious act of declaration, and believes it is definitely not a show of strength
The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation mill is seen in Abercrombie, N.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Environmental advocacy groups are coming out strongly against a report released Wednesday by Unifor claiming 2,700 jobs would be lost if the Northern Pulp paper mill closes.

Jill Graham-Scanlon, president of Friends of the Northumberland Strait, said they are taking those numbers with a grain of salt.

Graham-Scanlon said Northern Pulp has had quite a long time to get their problems sorted out, and it appears the province is no longer interested in giving the company more time to come up with a solution.

She described the report as an obvious act of desperation, and believes it is definitely not a show of strength.

"It was shocking to hear the union ask that he numerous laws of Nova Scotia and Canada be broken to make up for Northern Pulp not being anywhere near to having a environmentally acceptable plan for their effluent," she said. "There's no reason to assume that Northern Pulp's plan will ever meet environmental regulations or ever get approved." 

Meantime, Ray Plourde, senior wilderness coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre, agrees and does not believe the report put forth by Unifor is based on the reality on the ground.

Plourde admits there will be some pain and disruption, but it would be an opportunity to diversify the forestry industry in Nova Scotia.


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