Public consultation allows two-way information sharing.

For the specific purpose of this consultation process there were multiple ways to receive information from Northern Pulp and for residents of Pictou County to provide comments and/or input prior to the deadline of November 7, 2014.

The six components of the public consultation program are:

  1. Newspaper advertisement announcing the public consultation program (The Advocate and The News)
  2. Direct mail of this pamphlet to homes in Pictou County
  3. Updated Industrial Approval Renewal information
  4. Two open houses for interested residents of Pictou County to gather information and ask questions of Northern Pulp staff (Open houses were held October 22 & 23, 2014 in Pictou County)
  5. Engagement of the existing Community Liaison Committee (CLC)
  6. Commitment to communicate with key stakeholder groups

Northern Pulp also engaged Pictou Landing First Nation to share information and hear their concerns related to the current IA renewal.

The deadline for public comments related to the IA renewal was Friday, November 7, 2014. This allowed time for Pictou County residents to review the information shared by Northern Pulp and provide comments. Comments were sent in by email or mail using a comment form provided, submitted on the website, or were received during the open houses.

These comments were used in the formation of the Public Consultation summary report prepared by a third party consultant, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates. This report has been submitted Nova Scotia Environment.