Independent engineer confirmed for toxic clean up
By Chris MacInnis
Cape Breton Post
Thurs., Oct. 6, 2005
Four months after it was first reported, the provincial and federal
governments formally confirmed Wednesday the appointment of an independent
engineer to monitor the cleanup of the tar ponds.
The contract goes to the Ontario-based firm of Conestoga-Rovers &
Associates which had previously handled several aspects of the project
including management consultant for the planning phase of the cleanup.
First reported by the Cape Breton Post in June, the announcement
Wednesday confirmed the company in its role. The company has offices in
both Sydney and Halifax.
According to the official release, the company will monitor the design
and engineering for the project, compliance with schedules and the
technical aspects of work performed on site. The firm will also track
expenditures by the Sydney Tarponds Agency to assist both levels of
government in the keeping the cleanup within budget.
The contract is valued at nearly $ 12 million and is expected to last
10 years. The entire cleanup project is valued at $ 400 million.
Conestoga-Rovers &Associates were listed as one of seven companies that
responded to the tender call.