September 13-20, 2004

Sydney Tar Ponds Agency designated under order-in-council

HALIFAX, NS-The Nova Scotia government has designated the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency as a special operating agency charged with carrying out the $400-million tar ponds and coke ovens cleanup project announced last May. An order-in-council giving effect to the new designation was signed on September 10. This fulfils a condition in the memorandum of understanding signed by federal and provincial ministers on May 12 giving Nova Scotia operational responsibility for carrying out the cleanup. The agreement required the province to establish a single-purpose agency to manage the project by September 30. The Agency was initially established in 2001 as a division within the Department of Transportation and Public Works to focus provincial efforts on the cleanup. Previously, responsibility had been shared among several departments. The agency will now report directly to Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. The order-in-council spells out the agency's powers and responsibilities. It also transfers current employees of the Agency to the newly designated body but retains their civil service status. More information is available from David Darrow at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency 902-424-1894 E-mail:
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