Soil tests re­veal less con­tam­i­nants than ex­pected

Sackville Tribune - - NEWS - TRI­BUNE-POST STAFF

- Early re­sults from the soil test­ing at the Bill John­stone Me­mo­rial Park and the Sackville fire hall prop­erty are com­ing back bet­ter than ex­pected.

Although some mi­nor re­me­di­a­tion work will likely be re­quired at the fire hall site, due to con­tam­i­na­tion from a fur­nace oil tank leak, the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults from the down­town park are show­ing “there are no ma­jor is­sues” re­lat­ing to hy­dro­car­bons on the prop­erty.

“Ev­ery­thing came back fairly pos­i­tive,” said public works di­rec­tor Ge­orge Wood­burn ear­lier this month. “We’re cau­tiously op­ti­mistic with the work that’s been done to date.”

The soil test­ing is part of a Phase II en­vi­ron­men­tal site as­sess­ment be­ing done on the two neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties by Gemtec Con­sult­ing. The park and the fire hall both sit across from a for­mer Irv­ing gas sta­tion site and are also sit­u­ated in prox­im­ity to the for­mer mu­nic­i­pal dump.

Wood­burn said a sec­tion of the for­mer fire hall prop­erty will need to be ex­ca­vated to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the con­tam­i­na­tion from the oil tank but he ex­pects the dam­age to only be at the sur­face.

“I’m op­ti­mistic we’ll be able to clean that up,” he said.

Wood­burn also pointed out that, although the park is show­ing limited hy­dro­car­bons on site, if any de­vel­op­ment is to oc­cur on the prop­erty it will re­quire a con- struc­tion plan to be ap­proved be­fore­hand and con­trac­tors will need to take safety pre­cau­tions when work­ing on the site.

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