Moving items needed for tar ponds cleanup will be big job, says agency official
By Wes Stewart
Cape Breton Post
Mon., Feb. 20, 2007
Sydney - How to move hundreds of trucks in and out of a
heavily populated bustling city daily takes a lot of
Thousands of tons of clay, topsoil, material and
equipment will be needed for the cleanup, identified to
be a monumental task for those responsible for the $400
million cleanup, said Frank Potter.
The acting CEO of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency said about
$55 million will be tendered this year including the
construction of a new sheet piling-lined channel for the
brooks flowing into the ponds.
"There is a huge amount of steel sheet piling to be
purchased and a contractor hired to install it."
Sheet piling will be hammered into the bottom of the tar
ponds to create the channel, a job that will take 18
"We are looking at ways to minimize the noise on the
construction end, again it's going to be an issue."
A special landfill will be built on the coke ovens sites
for debris - miscellaneous shopping carts and railway
ties and stuff from the tar ponds that can't be
solidified will go there.
"We will have a decontamination pad where we can rinse
off and clean this material and take it to the landfill
A tender for a plant to treat contaminated groundwater
on the coke ovens site is also in the plans this year.
Potter said the Sydney Port Access Road was built with
this future transportation demand to supply material for
the cleanup in mind.
"When we closed out the old municipal landfill (dump)
under an earlier cost-shared agreement, transportation
was the biggest, most complex part of that project," he
It was a capping project and not all that complicated,
although "the trucking was a horrendous problem.
"We had 18-wheel tractor-trailers coming in every two
minutes on that site, a massive amount of material being
Potter said that will be an issue for the much larger
tar ponds cleanup and will necessitate the construction
of a road alongside Dodd and Intercolonial streets to
"We don't want the trucks on the city streets, we will
keep (most of) them on the constructed road along the
Potter said they are going to minimize as much as
possible the inconvenience whether it is traffic, noise
or dust on the project.
"Partly it is based on how we design the tenders and
working with the contractors to make sure they recognize
trucking safety is important and to try to limit the
noise as much as possible."
Time of day work restrictions, ways to limit dust will
be designed into the tenders to minimize the impacts on
the public, Potter said.