OTTAWA (From news reports) -- The federal government is not committing to an environmental assessment of Northern Pulp's plans to pump treated effluent from their plant into the Northumberland Strait.
"We're still evaluating whether a federal assessment is necessary," Catherine McKenna, federal minister responsible for environment and climate change told Island Morning host Mitch Cormier.
There have been calls from fishermen and First Nations in Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick for a federal assessment on Northern Pulp's plan to pump treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait.
The King government is also calling for Ottawa to show strong leadership on the issue.
McKenna said she has received those letters from parties worried about effluent potentially being pumped into the Northumberland Strait.
"Let's be clear, right now there is a provincial assessment and we play a significant role in that assessment," McKenna said.
McKenna said the federal government has "expressed concerns" from a number of departments including environment and climate change, fisheries and oceans, health and transport.
"There is a whole regulatory process if this project goes ahead in relation to fisheries and oceans, the impact of fish and fish habitat," she said.
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