Soil tests reveal less contaminants than expected
- 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.