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Nova Scotia had secret pact with Northern Pulp to share environmental assessment costs –

The province made a secret agreement with Northern Pulp to pay part of the cost of producing its environmental assessment documents.

Furthermore, it contractually forbade Northern Pulp from revealing any details of the agreement to the taxpayer.

“Except as required by law, regulatory or judicial authority, Northern Pulp shall keep private and confidential and not make public or divulge any information or material relative to this agreement without having first obtained the written consent of the province,” reads a clause in a 2016 funding agreement between the province and the Abercrombie Point mill.

While that original agreement only allowed for $300,000 for design and engineering costs, it was amended in September.2017 to include up to $250,000 toward the preparation of an environmental assessment. Two months later it was amended again to oblige the province to reimburse up to $8 million for design and engineering work, along with any other costs the province considered reasonable.

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