Tar ponds plan not expected today

Cape Breton Post
Thurs., Feb. 3, 2005

SYDNEY - Cape Bretoners will likely wait longer before learning exactly how government plans to remediate the tar ponds and coke ovens sites.

Hebert Jacquin, spokesperson for Public Works and Government Services Canada, said it's unlikely the project description will be revealed today.

"There's no date, no time and nothing confirmed," he said while visiting Sydney, Wednesday.

The federal department is the responsible authority when it comes to pushing the project through the environmental assessment process as required by law.

The federal department must first ensure the project description is complete. Once it's satisfied, the department will produce a draft "scoping" document to be presented to the public along with the project description. Jacquin has said that the community will be consulted before the scoping document is finalized.

The document will list potential impacts on the environment and human health and any other areas that need to be considered during the assessment process.

It's been reported that government is planning to incinerate PCB sludge at the tar ponds and coke ovens sites. Bioremediation, landfarming and capping will also be used to remediate the properties as well as containment walls to prevent contaminants from leaving or entering the areas.