October 11, 2004

AMEC awarded EIS contract for Sydney Tar Ponds cleanup

HALIFAX, NS-AMEC has been awarded the contract to prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Sydney Tar Ponds and coke ovens cleanup. The environmental assessment (EA) is the last step required before the actual cleanup work can begin. AMEC will prepare the impact statement as part of the legally required environmental assessment of the cleanup. The firm will also help the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency make presentations to federal and provincial regulatory authorities overseeing the environmental assessment. The contract includes management and co-ordination of all facets of the assessment, including environmental and socio-economic impact assessment as well as public and regulatory consultation. No decision has been made as to the level of environmental assessment to be done for the project. Federal law allows three kinds of assessment: a screening, a comprehensive study, and a full panel review by independent experts who would hold public hearings. Because the duration and intensity of the three levels of assessment vary widely, the precise length and value of the AMEC contract has not been determined. While the EA is under way, work on four preliminary projects, designed to prevent environmental harm, will begin over the next two years. These include: the re-routing of Coke Ovens Brook, the remediation of the Sysco cooling pond, the replacement of the Whitney Pier water main, and the construction of a coffer dam between Battery Point and the Sysco Piers. More information is available from Shawn Duncan, head of environmental sciences and planning for AMEC's Nova Scotia office, toll-free 1-877-382-8823, E-Mail shawn.duncan@amec.com; or Wayne Vervaet at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, 902/567-1035, E-mail vervaewa@gov.ns.ca.
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