At a news conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announces his government will not amend the province’s Boat Harbour Act, which was passed in 2015. The legislation requires the Northern Pulp mill to stop dumping wastewater near an Indigenous community by January 31, 2020. The premier also announces a $50- million transition fund to help workers in the province’s forestry sector affected by the decision.
Northern Pulp’s owners say they will have to close the mill if the province does not extend the deadline. More than 300 people are employed by the mill, which also supports more than 2,000 other jobs in the forestry industry. The company has also proposed to build a wastewater plant that would replace the Boat Harbour effluent treatment plant. (December 20, 2019) (no interpretation)