Environment Canada

Environment Canada

April 24, 2008 10:05 ET

Government Commits to Clean-Up St. Lawrence Seaway Contaminated Site

MP Dykstra delivers largest environmental clean-up in St. Catharines history

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, today announced the Government of Canada's intention to clean-up the contaminated Surplus St. Lawrence Seaway property in St. Catharines. The full cost of cleanup is estimated at $7 million.

"Our natural environment is one of our country's greatest assets and our Government is strongly committed to protecting it," said Mr. Dykstra. "Today, after years of neglect from the previous government, we are making the single largest environmental clean-up in St. Catharines history a reality which will also leave a lasting legacy for future generations of Canadians. This is an important initiative that will be of great benefit to our children, our community and our environment."

"By investing $7 million in this site our Government hopes to turn this land into a productive residential development that will push our community into the next step of development," said Mr. Dykstra. "In doing so we will pay back this investment from Canadian taxpayers and add badly needed residential developments for our great city."

The clean-up will be a part of the 2008 round of the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan which provides assistance to federal departments, agencies, and consolidated Crown corporations that are custodians of known or suspected contaminated sites. The program assists in evaluating these sites and deals with the environmental and health risks they may pose. It also contributes to employment and promoting innovative technologies to clean up or deal with contaminated sites. Projects will receive funding once the necessary due diligence has been completed and all federal requirements have been met.

You can view the federal contaminated sites inventory at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/dfrp-rbif/cs-sc/.

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    Environment Canada
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