Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 14, 2009 12:21 ET

Public Service Announcement: Securing of the Pine Tree Park Property

CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Starting in mid-December 2009, the Department of National Defence will be undertaking an environmental remediation project to address contamination at the former CFS Sydney site and reduce potential risks to the future of the environment. In order to assure the health, safety and security of both the site and the personnel, the site will be secured by a fence. Once the site is secured, demolition of the 40 residential housing units is expected to begin.

For your own safety, please abide by all posted signs.

The CFS Sydney Main Radar Site was originally built as a United States Air Force Base in 1953 and was later transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1961. The station was decommissioned in 1992 and sold to the County of Cape Breton, who in turn sold it to New Dawn Enterprises Limited (Cape Breton, N.S.).

In 2004, New Dawn Enterprises Limited discovered a leaking underground fuel storage tank (UST) at the site. Subsequent investigations by DND identified an additional 35 USTs. The Department remains committed to addressing past environmental problems and to working cooperatively with New Dawn Enterprises.

Remedial work at the site will include the excavation and disposal of 58,560 tonnes of contaminated soil, and backfilling and site restoration at the former CFS Sydney site. Additional remedial work includes continued monitoring of the nearby groundwater well, and the potential installation of groundwater treatment system, if required.

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