PICTOU, N.S. - Protesters gathered yesterday to call attention to emissions from the Northern Pulp mill in Nova Scotia.

The demonstration was organized by a group called Clean Up The Pictou County Pulp Mill.

Tests conducted last year showed the mill in Abercrombie Point was producing emissions that were 78 per cent above legal limits.

The company says there has been a 25 per cent improvement in particulate levels since then.

The mill's owners say they expect better results after a planned shutdown next month.

But a long-term solution isn't expected until next May, when a new precipitator unit is to be installed.

Protesters say the facility should be forced to stay closed until levels fall within the legal limit.