Sydney Steel Corporation Business Plan 2003-04 (continued)
-Sysco is committed to cleaning up the former steel plant property,
so the site can be put to good use in the future. Money has been
budgeted and progress is taking place. Overall, Sysco is taking
a phased approach to remediation, based on future uses for the site.
This past year, a key step in the remediation process was completed
-- a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, outlining potential
environmental issues. The assessment consists of three main activities:
interviews with knowledgeable individuals, site reconnaissance,
and a review of historical site information. The final report notes
that the issues identified are typical of those associated with
industrial demolition and redevelopment projects, and can be addressed
using conventional site assessment, remediation, site management,
waste management and demolition methods.
For the purposes of the environmental assessment, the property is
divided into four zones based on historic land use and industrial
activities. The four zones include the steel production area, the
mills area, the production support area and the infilled lands.
The study further subdivided the property into 36 Site Classification
Units (SCUs) in order to facilitate the discussion of environmental
issues and to assist with future land use planning.
The approach of identifying future use and tailoring the clean up
to match that re-use strategy is a common characteristic of many
successful clean up and re-use projects. The nature of future land
uses will ultimately help define and shape the type of clean up
required. For example, clean up requirements would be quite different
for recreational green space than they would for industrial re-use.
Overall, this linkage will provide focus and direction to the clean
Currently, a project plan is being developed to address the 13 recommendations
contained in the Phase I report. As well, a project manager for
Phase II work was selected in the Fall of 2002 and work is now underway.
The Phase II Environmental Site Assessment is intended to further
investigate specific issues. Several areas of the site have been
identified as requiring this level of assessment. These include
the former Sysco landfill (including the high dump), the area adjacent
to Muggah Creek and the Tar Pond, and the Sysco sewers. Moving expeditiously
towards a better understanding and characterization of these areas
will help identify any additional issues with respect to the re-development
of these properties.
Sale of Scrap Steel
- Sysco has also had success with the sale of scrap steel.
To date more than 100,000 tonnes have been sold.