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NS reaches deal with paper mill

Nova Scotia's government has released an agreement with the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill that requires the plant to buy 200,000 metric tonnes of softwood from private wood suppliers annually for 20 years.

November 9, 2012  By The Canadian Press

The deal also allows the Cape Breton mill to buy up to 400,000 cubic tonnes of pulpwood harvested from Crown lands.

Andrew Fedora, the executive director of the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, says the deal is a step forward for thousands of rural Nova Scotians who rely on the mill as a wood purchaser.

But he says it doesn’t guarantee that the mill will pay enough to woodlot owners to make harvesting the pulpwood worthwhile.

The plant resumed making paper last month after a yearlong shutdown.


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