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Phase1 - Environmental Site Assessment
Report

 
 
 
 
 


1.2


Objectives

 
 

This report presents the results of a Phase 1ESA of the Former Sydney Steel Plant Lands (the site) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. SEACOR was retained by Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales (SMSS) to evaluate the presence of recognized environmental conditions at the site in accordance with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Publication Z768-84 and the terms of SEACOR's proposal dated October 15, 2001.

Specifically, the basic objectives of the Former Sydney Steel Plant Lands
Phase 1 ESA are to:

  • Identify potential surface and subsurface soils liabilities that may be present at the site, including petroleum spills or leaks, heavy metal impacts, and contamination associated with subsurface infrastructure
  • Identify potential groundwater liabilities that may be present at the site, including contamination from adjacent properties, petroleum spills, and contamination associated with subsurface infrastructure
  • Identify potential environmental issues associated with site structures
  • Compile relevant information that has come to light as a result of the hazardous materials investigations being carried out by SEACOR as part of the ongoing decommissioning and demolition project.

A general description of the methodology employed to execute these activities is provided below.

 

1.3

Methodology

 
 

The current (2003) Phase 1 ESA was conducted between November 9, 2001 and February 1, 2002. This report describes site conditions as of February 2002. The study area, or “site”, boundaries are depicted in Figure 1-1. For the purposes of this report, the “site” is defined as follows:

  • To the east by Victoria Road and the former Coke Ovens site
  • To the east and north by Whitney Pier and the Cape Breton & Central N.S. Railway
  • To the north and west by Sydney Harbour
  • To the west and south by Muggah Creek
  • To the south by the Cape Breton & Central N.S. Railway and commercial lands on Terminal Road.

To accomplish the objectives described in Section 1.2, the following activities were undertaken:

  • Site notes, site photographs, insurance plans, drawings, aerial photographs, and other records obtained by SEACOR during the SYSCO Phase 1 ESA (July 2001) were reviewed
  • Follow-up interviews were conducted with key former SYSCO employees currently in the employ of Ernst & Young regarding areas of environmental concern due to past activities
  • Site reconnaissance was undertaken to verify/evaluate indications of surface soil impacts (i.e., staining), as well as the location and nature of infrastructure that may be related to potential subsurface impacts
  • Reports related to environmental testing performed on adjacent properties including the Tar Ponds, Coke Ovens and Blast Furnace sites, available from the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), were reviewed
  • The history of site development, particularly as it related to building construction and the infilling of water lots, was documented
  • Descriptions of environmental issues were developed, particularly in relation to potential environmental liabilities associated with structures, soil, fill and groundwater on the site
  • Data was compiled, and conclusions and recommendations prepared.


To summarize the results, a matrix of potential environmental issues has been developed in relation to individual site areas. This matrix allows the general types of potential environmental issues associated with a particular area of the site to be readily gleaned from the report.

The results of these activities are presented herein:
Section 2.0 provides an overview of the data collection and Information Assessment process
Section 3.0 describes the Environmental Setting of the subject site
Section 4.0 provides an overview of the historical development of the site. Section 5.0 provides the confluence of the historical information and the environmental concerns as the history of the site and the potential environmental liabilities associated with each area are discussed in detail.
Section 6.0 provides Conclusions and Recommendation based on assessment findings.

Blast Furnaces C. 1901 (Beaton Institute)
Blast Furnaces 1901

 

 
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