Trenton Litigation Resolved

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Trenton Litigation Resolved

September 16, 2014

This is a joint press release from Nova Scotia Power and MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law.

HALIFAX, NS - Approximately 350 plaintiffs living in Trenton and nearby areas represented by Jamie MacGillivray of MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law of New Glasgow have resolved claims against Nova Scotia Power Inc. relating to the operation of the Trenton Generating Station. There has not been an admission of liability. The details of the settlement are confidential.

“My clients are very pleased to have resolved this matter and now can put the litigation behind them,” said Mr. MacGillivray. He also expressed satisfaction with Nova Scotia Power’s intention to continue its efforts to minimize emission events and to provide assistance to residents affected.

The Trenton Station, which was originally established in the 1940s, is the third largest by generating capacity in Nova Scotia Power’s fleet. It contributes substantially to the local economy as an important employer and purchaser of goods and services in Pictou County.

Nova Scotia Power has worked hard to be a good neighbour to the community. The company has made substantial upgrades to the plant, including a $45 million refurbishment in 2009, and has made adjustments to operations and to fuel mixes, all of which significantly reduced fly ash emissions and extended the plant’s operating life. The upgrades included the addition of a baghouse to one of the station’s two units. In addition both units are equipped with electrostatic precipitators designed to capture 99 per cent of fly ash.

These steps have substantially reduced the number of emission events. There has not been a significant event since March 11, 2011. When emission events have occurred in the past, Nova Scotia Power has responded quickly to address any inconvenience to neighbours, including arranging to have homes and vehicles washed. Nova Scotia Power intends to continue its efforts to minimize emission events and to provide assistance to residents should an event occur in the future.