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Concern about NS mill agreement

A Nova Scotia environmental group says it's outraged the province has weakened forest protection requirements for the new owners of the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Cape Breton.

October 4, 2012  By  John Tenpenny

The Ecology Action Centre told CBC.ca the final agreement signed Friday between the province and Stern Partners Inc. — an affiliate of Pacific West Commercial Corp. — includes a clause that would allow the newly reopened mill to drop its certification by the Forest Stewardship Council.

The mill’s previous owners, including Stora Enso and NewPage, cut wood using sustainable practices approved by the Forest Stewardship Council — an independent, non-governmental organization that tells consumers when a company’s forestry practices are well-managed and sustainable.

But the final agreement with Stern Partners Inc. includes a clause allowing the mill to drop that practice: “Port Hawkesbury Paper shall maintain its Forest Stewardship Council certification, or such alternative certification as may be mutually agreed upon.”

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