Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 22, 2009 10:15 ET

Environment Canada: Mould Bay Clean-Up Part of Canada's Economic Action Plan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, confirmed that the clean-up of the Mould Bay Weather Station is a proposed project under the accelerated Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan.

"I have asked my officials to proceed quickly on the clean-up of this shameful situation that has been allowed to linger since 2002 - this government will act where previous governments failed," said the Honourable Jim Prentice. "We are using the investments made in Canada's Economic Action Plan to clean up the legacy of contaminated sites across Canada by accelerating the assessment and remediation work. Mould Bay is part of this plan."

Mould Bay is one of hundreds of assessments projects being proposed under the accelerated Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, with the goal to complete the combined Phase II/III assessment by summer 2010, which will lead to the development of a remedial strategy. Following this work, the implementation of a remedial strategy could begin in summer 2011.

The former weather station was completed in April 1992, and a decision to close the station was taken by the previous government in 1997. By 2002, the site was deemed surplus to the Department's program requirements.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government aims to accelerate activities under the existing Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan over the next two years. An additional $80 million will enable accelerated action on site assessments and continued program management. This new funding is also expected to accelerate an estimated $165 million in environmental remediation/risk management activity on priority federal contaminated sites across Canada.

The full federal contaminated sites inventory at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/dfrp-rbif/cs-sc/.

Related Documents:

Accelerating The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (site)

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    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
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