06/25/2015 09:24 EDT | Updated 06/25/2016 01:12 EDT

Northern Pullp mill allowed to restart after intallation of emissions equipment

PICTOU, N.S. - Northern Pulp has received the Nova Scotia government's approval for a key piece of equipment that will allow the mill to resume operations.The province issued a legally binding order last August directing the paper mill in Abercrombie Point to replace its precipitator and get its emissions in line.The plant shut down on May 30 to complete the installation of the precipitator.The government says the equipment is expected to reduce emissions at the mill, which were above legal limits last year.The province says the new equipment will now go through a commissioning phase as it's fine-tuned and that should be finished by Oct. 16.After that, the mill must comply with a new emissions limit set last year, which is almost 80 per cent lower than the old standard.