November 8, 2004

ADI awarded contract for re-routing of Coke Ovens Brook

SYDNEY, NS-ADI Limited has won a $578,000 contract to design and manage the re-routing of Coke Ovens Brook. This is the first step in cleaning up the coke ovens property near the Sydney Tar Ponds. The Fredericton, New Brunswick-based engineering firm, which has had an office in Sydney since 1981, will complete detailed engineering plans for the project, prepare tender packages for contracting firms, and manage the construction, which is expected to begin next summer. As it now flows, the brook picks up contaminated groundwater as it meanders through some of the most heavily polluted parts of the coke ovens property. Last summer, an engineering report by Dillon Consulting recommended re-routing the brook along two branches which would flow through less contaminated areas. Moving the brook will also permit more thorough cleanup of the streambed, where contaminants accumulated during a century of coke production. ADI will use a total of 21 engineering and support staff on the project, 15 of them based in Sydney. Richard Morykot, the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency engineer in charge of the project, said, "this is the first concrete step in cleaning up contamination on the Coke Ovens." Engineering work continues on three other projects designed to prevent environmental damage while the cleanup undergoes mandatory environmental assessment. These include the construction of a coffer dam at Battery Point, the cleanup of the cooling pond at the southwest corner of the Sysco property, and the relocation of the Victoria Road watermain. More information is available from Richard Morykot at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, 902/567-1035, E-mail morykori@gov.ns.ca, or Fred Baechler at ADI, 902/562-2394, E-mail fbaechler@adisydney.ca.
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