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Air Advisory

September 17, 2012--
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is reporting an air exceedance of Benzo(a)pyrene at its Victoria Road air monitoring station. The sample, taken over a 24-hour period on Friday, August 31st, 2012 showed a concentration of 1.11 nanograms per cubic metre (ng/m3). The Minister of the Environment 24-guideline adopted for the cleanup work it 1.1 ng/m3.

There was site activity on the day the sample was taken.  The air monitoring station was not downwind of project activities when the sample was recorded.

Benz(o)pyrene is an odourless, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) typically distributed during the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It is present in automobile and diesel exhaust, and can be produced by various activities such as backyard fires, coal burning, and cigarette smoke.

Ambient air monitoring has been conducted around the sites since 1989 using fixed air monitoring stations strategically placed in nearby locations. They operate every six days and measure air quality for a 24-hour period, corresponding with the six-day National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) schedule. All historical data is available on the Agency’s website, www.tarpondscleanup.ca 


Ferry Street Bridge Now Open!
August 13, 2012:

Ferry Street Bridge is now open to all traffic! The opening of Ferry Street Bridge marks another milestone for the Tar Ponds Cleanup project. We are one step closer to future use.


Grand Opening of Ferry Street Bridge

August 8, 2012:

The newly constructed Ferry Street Bridge is complete! We invite you to join us Saturday, August 11th for the GRAND OPENING. A childrens' recyclable boat building challenge begins at 9:30a.m. at the corner of Ferry Street and Stable Drive. We encourage you to bring your children, as well as recyclable materials and watch their boats race underneath the new bridge. The official ceremony and ribbon cutting begins at 11:00a.m. We hope to see you there.

Click here for more information: (here)


100% Future Use Design is here!

July 24th, 2012- The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is happy to announce that the 100% Future use design plan for the former Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens site has arrived. After many months of planning and deliberating, the 100% design plan provides an in depth overview of what the 100 hectare green space could include. The design plan explains what will be possible on the site such as sports fields and walking trails, what type of steel making history will be present throughout the park as well as environmental protection plans that will be in place.

Click here to review the 100% Future use design plan.

All additional documents for future use will be located in the Future Use section


Site Web Cameras

Three of four cameras are back up and running. The North Channel camera will be down for an extended amount of time due to required repairs.

Thank you


Final Phase Begins

April 3, 2012 -
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is reporting that, the third and final phase of cleanup work began April 3rd. This final phase of Solidification and Stabilization is on the North Tar Pond site closest to Sydney Harbour. At the end of this season, cleanup work on the Tar Ponds site will be completed.

As well, the Agency's Ambient Air Monitoring Program (AAMP) has returned to a six-day National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) schedule. Since December 2011, AAMP samples were collected on a 12-day NAPS schedule.

As of April 2nd, the Agency's real-time odour monitoring program has restarted.

Monitoring odour and air quality is a critical component of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency's goal to inform the public of air quality around the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites.




Program Changes due to Winter Work Inactivity

January 10, 2012 --
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is reporting that due to construction inactivity during the winter months, its Odour Monitoring Program has been suspended. The program will return when construction work commences in spring 2012.

As well, the Agency's Ambient Air Monitoring Program (AAMP) has been modified due to the construction inactivity. Since December 17, 2011, AAMP samples were being collected on a 12-day National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) schedule, instead of a six-day schedule.

Monitoring air quality is a critical component of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency`s goal to inform the public of air quality and potential exposure around the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites. At least one week before construction commences in the spring of 2012, the AAMP will return to the six-day NAPS schedule.


Whitney Pier Community Heritage Trail Grand Opening

Friday, October 14th at 11:00 am, everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of the Whitney Pier Community Heritage Trail. There will be a BBQ as well as ribbon cutting ceremony. Please click here for the media advisory for the event.


Air Advisory
August 15, 2011--

The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is reporting an air exceedance at its Victoria Road fixed air monitoring station located in Sydney.

Data collected as part of the project's Ambient Air Monitoring Program confirms that there was an exceedance of Benzo(a)pyrene. The sample showed a value of 1.42 nanograms per cubic metre (ng/m3) over a 24-hour period ending midnight, August 2, 2011. The 24-hour criterion for the project is 1.1 ng/m3. Dust levels sampled during real-time air monitoring did not report any dust exceedances from project activities.

Benzo(a)pyrene is an odourless, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) typically distributed during the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It is present in automobile and diesel exhaust, and can be produced by various activities such as backyard fires, coal burning, and cigarette smoke. The exact source of the exceedance is under investigation.

The project's fixed stations measure air quality for a 24-hour period, corresponding with the six-day National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) schedule. The samples results are tested and results are reported to the Agency within about two weeks.


South Pond - One Step Closer to Completion

On July 22, the multi-layer protective cap on the south pond is one step closer to completion. The clay portion of the protective cover was completely laid over the east side of the south pond on Friday. Hydro seed and top soil layers are expected to be rolled out toward the end of August, aiming for a completion date of mid-September. This will allow the return of vegetation, and provide Sydney residents with a view of fresh, green grass growing on the south pond.

The clay portion of the cover will not be completed until next construction season because pipes moving brook water through the site will remain in the area until they are no longer required.

Layers of geosynthetic clay, geocomposite drainage, topsoil and hydro-seed are the main components of the protective cover. The cover is designed to direct rain and groundwater into an engineered channel that will also carry brook water to the mouth of Sydney Harbour.


Cleanup Bringing New Skills to First Nations Communities

On June 16, The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced two initiatives that continue to build on the success of Aboriginal participation in the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project.

A protective soil layer will soon be placed over the Coke Ovens site and Denko Mi'kmaq Enterprise Ltd. of Eskasoni will work on the project.

The $4.2-million project will begin later this month. The aboriginal set-aside contract accounts for about 30 per cent of the cover project. The remainder will be tendered this month as a general contract.

The second initiative, an enhanced environmental work training program has also begun. It helps eligible aboriginal people increase their skills in environmental remediation. The 18-month program provides field and office training as participants work with consultants and contractors.

More than 73,800 person hours (equivalent to 37 full-time jobs) have been designated to First Nations people. This meets the commitments of an Aboriginal Set-Aside Procurement Strategy signed in 2008 by the government of Canada, the province and the Mi'kmaq First Nations of Cape Breton.



S/S Milestone!

Friday, June 24, 2011 marks another milestone for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Oven Cleanup Project -The Solidification and Stabilization process (TP6B) is at the official half-way mark according to schedule. With 10-15 cells being completed a day and 1543 cells completed to date, the project is right on schedule.

The S/S process includes using an excavator to mix cement powder into the contaminated sediment, similar to the way a baker mixes ingredients when making a cake. The contract requires that each completed cell meets established criteria for permeability, leachability, and strength.

Click here to view a video of the the S/S process on phase two of the cleanup project.


Today in America filming

June 8, 2011 Today in America filming the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens remediation project.

Today in America is a unique cable television show that airs on regional cable networks and national cable channels such as CNN Headline News and the Fox Business Network. The show features football legend and veteran TV broadcaster Terry Bradshaw and showcases positive developments in many areas of American society including health care, education, environmental topics, technology and business.

The film crew is gathering footage on the technology and engineering employed on the sites and will broadcast the footage across North America at a later date.


Rona Ambrose Renamed Minister for Public Works and Government Services Canada

May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Minister Rona Ambrose has been renamed minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. Public Works and Government Services Canada is the lead authority for the Government of Canada on the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project.


Phase Two of the Cleanup Begins!

Now that water is controlled by the pump-around system in the north pond, contractors have started the solidification and stabilization (S/S) from Ferry Street Bridge to the narrowing of the North Pond. It's expected that this second of three construction phases will be completed by fall 2011. For more information on this work, contact us at 902-567-1035.


Welcome Phase Two!
Yet another milestone for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project. De-watering in the area of the Tar Ponds between Ferry Street Bridge and the narrows of the north Pond started today. Pumping stations at Wash Brook and Coke Ovens Brook are still diverting water along the shores of the Tar Ponds. With the pumping system extended into the phase two section, water is now draining from that area and being released into the phase three section (closest to Sydney Harbour). Stop-logs are in place at the narrows to prevent the tide from entering the phase two construction area. When water in the construction area is controlled, contractors will begin the solidification and stabilization (S/S) of phase two. The treatment of sediment is expected to restart in late May, with completion of Phase two set for fall 2011. For more information, phone 902-567-1035.


Tender Released for New Bridge at Ferry Street

April 28, 2011 – The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has released a tender for the construction of a new bridge and road approaches at Ferry Street. Construction of the bridge is set for Fall 2011 with the road approaches expected to be complete in Spring/Summer 2012. Though completion is set for 2012, the bridge is expected to remain closed until 2013 to allow cleanup activities to continue. Once open to the public, the bridge will have two lanes, two sidewalks, rails and LED lighting that matches Sydney’s downtown nautical theme. The new bridge will connect the North end of Sydney to Harbourside Industrial Park. The tender close date is May 19th, 2011. To view the 100% Design Report, please click here. For more information on other Project works, visit www.tarpondscleanup.ca


2010 Top Business Story of the Year

The people have spoken and the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Site Remediation Project has been voted the Top Business Story of the Year for 2010. Cape Breton Post readers casted their votes in categories such as, top news story, top entertainment story, and top business story. To read more the Cape Breton Post's "Top 10 of '10", click here.


Ambient Air Exceedance Reported

The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is reporting an air exceedance at its DesBarres Street fixed air monitoring station located in Sydney.
Data collected as part of the Agency's enhanced Ambient Air Monitoring Program confirms that there was an exceedance of Benzo(a)pyrene.The sample showed a value of 1.31 nanograms per cubic metre (ng/m3) over a 24-hour period ending midnight, October 15, 2010. The 24-hour criterion for the project is 1.1 ng/m3.

Benzo(a)pyrene is an odourless, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) typically distributed during the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It is present in automobile and diesel exhaust, and can be produced by various activities such as backyard fires, coal burning, and cigarette smoke. The exact source of the exceedance is under investigation.

The project's fixed stations measure air quality for a 24-hour period. The sample results are tested and reported to the Agency within about two weeks.

Oct 15, 2010 Additional Sampling


Traffic Flowing Again
September 24, 2010 – After a three-day lane closure, Inglis Street is now open again to two-way traffic. Please use caution and reduce speed when traveling in the area between Cape Breton Street North and the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency office as remediation work continues on the lower reaches of the Coke Oven Brook. For more information on the cleanup, please visit www.tarpondscleanup.ca


Tender Issued for Protective Cap
July 20, 2010 - The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has released a tender for the construction of a protective cap over treated tar ponds sediment.It's the third step in a series of projects leading to the future development of the remediated site.Construction of the multi-layer protective cap will begin in the fall, and is scheduled for completion in summer, 2013. It will include a grading/bedding layer, a geosynthetic clay layer, a geocomposit drainage layer, protective fill, topsoil and hydro seed. The cap is designed to direct rain and groundwater into an engineered channel that will also carry brook water to the mouth of Sydney Harbour. The tender closes Aug. 10. More than 70 per cent of the south pond, located between Prince Street and the Ferry Street Bridge, has been solidified and stabilized. Treatment of the entire pond is expected to be completed in August. It will be followed by the construction of a channel to allow brook water and groundwater to flow through the site and into the harbour. In January 2007, the government of Canada and province of Nova Scotia committed $400 million to ensure the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup is completed by 2014.


S&S Work Restarts In South Pond

03/23/10 The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is pleased to announce that the cleanup has kicked into high gear with the restart of solidification and stabilization in the south tar pond.

Contractors began the cement work today (Tuesday, March 23, 2010). The process includes using an excavator to mix cement powder into the contaminated sediment, similar to the way a baker mixes ingredients when making a cake. The contract requires that each completed cell meets established criteria for permeability, leachability, and strength. For more on this contract, please click here.

It's expected that the south pond (from Prince Street to Ferry Street Bridge) will be completely solidified and stabilized by the end of summer, 2010.

Air monitors are operating in real-time at the project fence line, and also operating within the work site as part of the Master Occupational Health and Safety Plan for the project. To receive daily air monitoring reports, please click here.

To view a video clip of work from 2009, please right click here and select save target as. You must download the file in order to view it properly.


Two Contracts Worth $7.7 Million Awarded

Contracts valued at $7.7 million were awarded to two Cape Breton companies as the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup heads into its peak construction season.

McNally Construction Inc., Port Hawkesbury, was awarded a $3.8-million contract to remove contaminated material from the lower reaches of Coke Ovens Brook from the Victoria Road overpass to Inglis Street, and to build a protective liner along the bottom of the brook. It will join the Coke Ovens Groundwater Collection Treatment System, now being built, to an engineered channel. Work is expected to run from April to October.

ALL-TECH Environmental Services of Cape Breton, Sydney, was awarded a two-year, $3.9-million contract to continue monitoring and evaluating air quality for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. The consulting firm provides real-time data upwind and downwind of the site. It also reports on data collected on a six-day cycle.


Walking for Victims of Workplace Tragedy

The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, in partnership with the Department of Labour is organizing a walk for work place safety.
Steps for Life-Walking for Victims of Workplace Tragedy will take place on May 2, 2010 at the Harbourside Industrial Park and is the first ever in Cape Breton. This five km walk will begin at the Inglis Street soccer field at 2:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Mark MacIntyre, along with face painting and games for the kids. This is a fun and easy way to help families of workplace affected by workplace tragedies.

How can you help?
-Register as an individual or team of 10
-Donate to a walker
-Volunteer on the day of the walk
-Sponsor the event by donating funds, prizes or in-kind donations.

If you want more information, or to take part in the walk, please phone 562-1035 or visit www.stepsforlife.ca .


Clarification - real-time air sampling

The Agency would like to clarify that real-time air monitors sample the air for a 15-minute period, twice per hour of project activity. These samples provide ongoing air quality measurements to a team of project experts.


New Cabinet Minister for Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Site Remediation Project
On January 19, 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a new lineup for his cabinet. Former Labour Minister Rona Ambrose is the new minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, replacing Quebec MP Christian Paradis. Paradis is now the minister of Natural Resources. Public Works and Government Services Canada is the lead authority for the Government of Canada on the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project.


Local Aboriginal Company Awarded Contract

A $3.1-million contract to operate and maintain a material processing facility for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup has been awarded to a local aboriginal company.
Mikjikj Enterprises Ltd., of Eskasoni and Harbour Tech Services Inc., of Sydney, Joint Venture has been awarded the multi-year contract as part of the Aboriginal Set-aside Procurement Strategy signed in 2008 by the government of Canada, province of Nova Scotia, and Membertou, on behalf of five First Nations communities of Cape Breton.
The facility will begin operations in October and run until the cleanup is complete. The contract includes decommissioning the building.
Set-aside contracts provide companies with majority aboriginal ownership and control an opportunity to benefit from the cleanup work. As well, it provides aboriginal workers with the hands-on training needed to compete for construction projects outside the cleanup.


Coke Ovens Contract Awarded
The most substantial part of the Coke Ovens cleanup has started with the award of a $15.2 million contract to collect and treat groundwater flowing over the site.
MB2/Beaver Marine Joint Venture, a partnership between a First Nations contractor and a non-aboriginal Nova Scotian company, was awarded the contract to construct a ground water collection system and a water treatment plant at the former Coke Ovens property. The work is expected to begin in August and be completed in spring, 2010.
When completed, underground pipes will collect groundwater flowing over the Coke Ovens site and transport it to the on-site water treatment plant. Once the water is treated and meets acceptable freshwater guidelines, it will be released into Coke Ovens Brook. Water from the brook will eventually drain into an engineered channel that will wind through the Tar Ponds site until it reaches Sydney Harbour. The channel will also capture other sources of water that drain into the ponds.


Governments to Invest in the Cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Create Jobs

A vital component of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Cleanup began today with the award of a $52 million contract to solidify and stabilize tar ponds sediment.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister of Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, along with Gordie Gosse, MLA, on behalf of the Honourable Bill Estrabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced that the contract was awarded to Nordly's Environmental, a Cape Breton company owned by J&T van Zutphen Construction Inc. of Southwest Mabou, and ECC of Marlborough, Massachusetts, US. The work will create about 40 construction jobs over the life of the contract and provide local labourers with the opportunity to learn valuable skills and experiences in remediation.
"This significant investment by the Government of Canada demonstrates the government's commitment to the environment here in Sydney, and at the same time creates jobs and knowledge that can be shared across Canada," said MacKay.
"The skills and experiences these local companies will gain over the next five years will lead to other meaningful opportunities," said Gosse. "The positive economic benefits from this milestone project will extend across Nova Scotia."
All sediments in the tar ponds will be solidified and contaminants, including PCBs, will be stabilized. Solidification and stabilization involves mixing cement into contaminated material and works to protect the environment and our health by immobilizing hazardous contaminants within the treated material. Cement reacts chemically with water in the material being treated; creating changes in its physical and chemical properties and prevents contaminants from escaping into the environment. Solidification and Stabilization using cement is a sustainable engineering solution for brownfield remediation projects in Canada.
The site will then be capped and a layer of clean soil will complete the job and allow for future development to take place.
In January 2007, the government of Canada and province of Nova Scotia committed $400 million to ensure the cleanup is completed by 2014.


New Minister Announced for Sydney Tar Ponds Agency

On Friday, June 19, 2009, Premier Darrell Dexter announced his new NDP cabinet. Timberlea-Prospect MLA Bill Estabrooks will be the minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Energy portfolios, making him responsible for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, as well as the Atlantic Gateway Initiative. Lt. Governor Mayann Francis swore in the new ministers at a ceremony at the Cunard Center in Halifax.


Congratulations Mona Morris!

05/29/09 The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency would like to congratulate Mona Morris in receiving the Cape Breton Partnership's Women in Business Aboriginal Women of Distinction Award. This award is presented to a woman of aboriginal descent who has contributed to business in the community through hard work and dedication.

For over a year, Mona has been the face of the Unama'ki Economic Benefits Office as well as the face of the first Aboriginal Work Set Aside in Nova Scotia. Mona began her work as a translator for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency's Cooling Pond Project. Within six months, Mona, a natural mutli-tasker and go-getter, gained experience, skills and training in several areas of construction. These areas include Occupational Health and Safety, Air Quality Control Manager, Supervisor, General Labourer and she has set her sights on expanding her resume even more.

As proud owner of Morris Pizza and soon-to-be mother of two, it is absolutely fitting that Mona be the recipient of this award. Everyone at the Sydney Tar Pond Agency wishes her the best of luck in the future.

Congratulations Mona!


Tar Ponds Construction Roads

05/07/09The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency advises that there are higher than normal levels of construction activity around the north and south tar ponds. The activity includes moving the current fence line and building construction access roads in and around the ponds. The construction access roads will limit the need for construction vehicles to travel on public streets during the cleanup. Residents can expect activity in the area to continue until the beginning of July at which time the Construction Access Roads phase will be completed. Teak Street and area residents can expect a temporary increase in truck traffic to allow for the completion of an access road on the Coke Ovens site. This activity is expected to take less than five days to complete.

For more information on the cleanup, please call 902-567-1035.


Tar Cell Begins

04/03/09 A tar cell located on the Coke Ovens site is now being remediated under the direction of Nova Scotia Lands Inc.NSLI received a green light to proceed with the removal and solidification and stabilization of PAH-impacted soil in the tar cell. A field demonstration was conducted in February that proved to regulators that the project meets all established performance criteria.NSLI is using its contractor, Hazco Environmental Inc., to move 25,000 tonnes of blackened soil to a pug mill located at the northern tip of the former Sysco property. The material is being loaded into covered trucks that will be decontaminated before travelling to the former Sysco property. The material will be solidified and stabilized over a six week period.Relocating the soil to the former Sysco property maximizes the potential for future use of the Coke Ovens site and moves the material further away from residential properties.


Ferry Street Bridge Closure

03/13/09 The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency advises the public that Ferry Street Bridge will close for an extended period of time beginning Monday, March 23.

The closure is needed to allow the remediation of the Tar Ponds to get underway.

The bridge is located in a construction area and will be closed to both pedestrian and road traffic. There will be blockades near both entrances of Ferry Street Bridge. Detour signs will be posted to redirect traffic, and caution lights and barriers will be installed to ensure public safety.

In 2012, a newly designed, two-lane bridge with sidewalks will be built to replace the current structure. The new bridge will also have lighting and railing to match Sydney's downtown nautical theme. The new bridge will reopen when it is no longer needed for construction activities and the public can travel safely across the bridge.

The Agency apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause.


Benzol Tank Demolition

03/05/09 An empty tank located on the Coke Ovens site is being removed today to allow remediation activities to continue on the site.

B. Curry and Sons Construction Ltd., Sydney, will take about two days to demolish the structure and about two weeks to cut the metal into sizes suitable for recycling or scrap.

The tank was once used to store Benzol, a byproduct from the making of coke. The tank hasn't been used since the 80s and was cleaned of all residue. A hazardous materials assessment was conducted and it was determined to be free of contaminants. An air monitoring program is underway and will continue during all site activities.

The tendered project is being implemented under the direction of Nova Scotia Lands Inc.


Tar Cell Field Demonstration

02/10/09 A tar cell located on the Coke Ovens site will be part of a small field demonstration serving to expedite the removal of PAH-impacted soil from the property.

Today, Nova Scotia Lands Inc. will take about four tandem truckloads of blackened soil to a pug mill located at the northern tip of the former Sysco property. The exercise is to demonstrate to regulators that its contractor, Hazco Environmental Inc., can do the work and meet the established criteria for solidification and stabilization.

Once regulators are satisfied that all criteria are met, NSLI will transport the remaining 25,000 tonnes of blackened soil to the new destination over a four week period. The material will be loaded into covered trucks that will be decontaminated before travelling to the former Sysco property. The material will be solidified and stabilized over a six week period in the spring.

Relocating the soil to the former Sysco property maximizes the potential for future use of the Coke Ovens site and moves the material further away from residential properties.


 

 


New Minister Responsible for Sydney Tar Ponds Agency

01/07/09 Premier Rodney MacDonald announced changes to the cabinet today, Jan. 7. Brooke Taylor, who was involved in the trucking business for many years, is the new Minister responsible for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. A video of the ceremony will be available later today, Jan. 7, at www.gov.ns.ca.


Flow Diversion

11/27/08-The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency will soon award a contract to begin building a temporary water diversion system around the north and south tar ponds.
The tender for the job is expected to close mid December, and award to follow shortly after.

Currently, two urban brooks drain directly into the ponds before reaching Sydney harbour. In order to have controlled construction areas for work to begin, these brooks must bypass the ponds entirely and be redirected away from work sites.

The construction areas will be blocked off in three stages. The first stage is from Prince Street to the Ferry Street Bridge; the second stage is from the Ferry Street Bridge to the narrows of the north tar ponds; and the final stage is from the narrows to Battery Point Barrier, located at the mouth of the harbour.

The temporary pumping system will manage incoming water until a channel, which will be constructed within the solidified and stabilized sediment in the tar ponds, is complete. It is anticipated the channel will be ready to permanently direct water coming from the brooks to Sydney Harbour in 2013.


Pre-notification of tender

10/14/08-The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency issued the pre-notification of a multi-million dollar tender to solidify and stabilize the north and south tar ponds.

The pre-notification is to encourage interested parties from North America and Europe to familiarize themselves with requirements of working on the contaminated sites, as well as the agreements and programs that govern the project.

"This gives interested parties ample time to learn as much as possible about the unique approaches implemented by the Agency to drive local economic benefits, support employment equity, and to experience the level of community engagement necessary with a remediation project located at the centre of an urban community," said Roger Larkin, Agency project director.

The cleanup uses proven technology, but has an oversight program unique to general contracting.

It is expected that the Agency will release the tender in November.

To view the news release, return to the home page and click on the News Releases button located on the left side of the page. To view the advertisement, click on the Project tab, put your mouse over tenders and contracts, and click on vendor information, and then click on TP6 Pre-notification.


Coke Ovens Activity

Cleaning up the Coke Ovens site is progressing quickly with the recent announcement of two tenders for the site.

The first was a call for tenders to build barrier walls along the north and south sides of the 68-hectare property. This contract will be awarded soon.

The second is today's call for bids to build a groundwater collection system and to remove sediment from Coke Ovens Brook. This tender is an aboriginal set aside, which means that only companies with majority aboriginal ownership are eligible to bid.

The next step in the Coke Ovens cleanup plan is to build a water treatment facility to treat collected groundwater.

Stay tuned for more announcements...


Preparations Begin for Tar Ponds

The cooling pond project is nearly complete. Once warmer weather arrives, contractors will finish the job by hydroseeding the recently capped area. The newly renovated site can be best seen from Inglis Street. We invite you to come and take a look.

As well, preparations are now underway for the Solidification and Stabilization of the Tar Ponds, one of the largest contracts to be tendered in 2009. Beginning in April 08, you will see work underway in the South pond as we perform field demonstrations on a variety of cement mixtures to be used to treat the tar ponds sediment.
Construction crews are now installing grey felt along a portion of Ferry Street as a traffic safety measure, the same material that was used along Inglis Street during the cooling pond project.
It's expected that the field demonstrations will take about four months to complete.


New Look Website

Welcome to our new website. A lot of the information remains the same, just a few new bells and whistles to make searching for information a lot easier, and to make the most popular parts of our old website more visible. As you may expect, there are still some areas under construction and a few bugs to work out, but we are looking forward to making this the most user-friendly website our imaginations and hard work can muster.


 

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