Cleanup Agency Gets New Status
Sydney Tar Ponds Agency Press release
Sydney Tar Ponds Agency
Fri, Sept. 10, 2004
The province has designated the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency as a
special operating agency charged with carrying out the $400-
million Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup project announced last
An order-in-council giving effect to the new designation was
signed today, Sept. 10.
A memorandum of understanding signed by federal and provincial
ministers on May 12 gave the province operational responsibility
for carrying out the cleanup. The agreement required the province
to establish a single-purpose agency to manage the project by
The province originally established the agency as a division of
the Department of Transportation and Public Works in 2001 to
focus provincial efforts on the cleanup.
Until then, responsibility had been shared among several
departments. The agency will now report directly to its own
minister, Ron Russell.
The order-in-council spells out the agency's powers and
Today's order-in-council transfers current employees of the
agency to the newly designated body but retains their civil