Sydney resident calls for
Shutdown of incinerator

By Tanya Collier
A concerned citizen and member of the Joint Action Group (JAG) is asking for a shutdown of the regional incinerator and a public inquiry after locating partially burnt biomedical waste in the facility’s landfill.

Marlene Kane of Sydney said she visited the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s (CBRM) incinerator – located on Grand Lake Road – two weeks ago and videotaped and photographed used syringes, other rubber and plastic material and hospital clothing in the ash.

“It’s full of biomedical waste that is unburnt.”

Kane has voiced her ongoing concerns about the incinerator’s performance to municipal, provincial and federal representatives for the past two years. Each time she has been told the incinerator is meeting suggested guidelines. In fact, the provincial government did an assessment that concluded the incinerator units at the CBRM facility are meeting requirements for “good combustible practice during the incineration of biomedical waste.”

Paul Oldford, manager of solid waste at the CBRM, said the pictures and video taken by Kane are “dramatic” but the biomedical waste is not a problem.

“In the incineration process you expect to get about 95 per cent reduction by volume, which is what we do.

You do expect to get some unburnt material, which is about five per cent by weight. We’re well within the guidelines.”

Oldford said the material goes to a lined landfill that is managed to contain all the materials and the leachate is monitored.

Parking lot puddle cause of concern

Chronicle Herald, February 5, 1999
SYDNEY - Nova Scotia Power has been told to cordon off a puddle that has formed in a parking lot beside the contaminated tar-pond watershed.

Environment Department spokesman Lawrence MacDonald said there was an investigation after a Sydney resident complained about a puddle in the parking lot of the Sydney Shopping Centre on Prince Street. The mall is built on top of an infilled part of the Muggah Creek Watershed, which includes the former Sysco coke-oven and tar-pond site.

Mr. MacDonald said the muddy puddle was formed after the utility drilled anchors to erect 19.5-metre poles. "The whole area is suspect," he said.

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