November 28, 2005

Participant funding awarded for Sydney Tar Ponds EA

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has awarded $169,947 to help 13 applicants participate in the environmental assessment of the proposed Sydney Tar Ponds and coke ovens remediation project. The Phase II funding will assist individuals and groups in providing comments on the project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and in preparing for and participating in the joint review panel hearings. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, as proponent, is expected to submit the EIS to the joint review panel by December 30. The EIS will then be made public for a 48-day comment period. The funding recipients include: Dr Ron MacCormick; the Cape Breton 'Save our Health Care' Committee; Cape Breton University; the Cement Association of Canada; the Environmental Careers Organization; Sydney Academy; Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce; Metro Cape Breton Junior Chamber; the Cape Breton Business Partnership; Eskasoni Fish and Wildlife Commission; New Waterford and Area Fish and Game Association; Sierra Club of Canada; and Ann Marie Ross, Joseph M. Petitpas, Kathleen Iris Crawford and Neila Catherine MacQueen. The proposed remediation project consists of several components: controlling surface water (at the tar ponds and coke ovens) and groundwater (at the coke ovens); removing and destroying selected contaminants from both sites; treating in-place selected contaminants at both sites; containing remaining contaminants at both sites; site surface restoration and landscaping at both sites; and developing long-term monitoring and maintenance plans for both sites.

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