January 17, 2005

C&D site operator works to control subsurface fire

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-A fire at a construction and demolition (C&D) disposal site in Hazelbrook, which had been smoldering for over two weeks, appeared to be diminishing by early last week. However, the site operator will be required to take additional measures to ensure the situation is under control. In a January 7 letter to Maintenance Services, the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry said the company must immediately arrange for an expert in underground fires to supervise the firefighting efforts until the fire is extinguished. The company was also required to provide daily status reports to the department and was told it would have to hire a qualified consultant to perform air quality monitoring at the site if there was any further evidence of fire or smoldering on or after January 10. The department was notified about the fire at the Maintenance Services' C&D disposal site in Hazelbrook on December 21. The fire appeared to be contained at that time, but moved underground. While there was initially considerable smoke at the site, the situation improved within a few days. by late Thursday afternoon. Fire officials provided advice on how to keep the fire from smoldering, and the site operator worked to expose and extinguish hot spots.

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