A review of SYSCO's Environmental files was completed
as part of the focused Phase I ESA conducted by SEACOR in July 2001.
Joel MacLean, former Manager of Environment and Energy for SYSCO,
provided access to the files. Mr. MacLean was also interviewed to
verify information contained in the files. Interviews are discussed
in Section 2.2. It is noted that the majority
of SYSCO’s Environmental files identified during the course
of the study post-dated 1990. The location and existence of earlier
environmental files was not known. Files included in the review
consist of the following:
|| Transformer and PCB File
||SYSCO Environmental Working Group
|| Regulatory Issues and Industrial Permits
|| Dust Control Abatement
||Environmental Progress Reports
||Waste Management (EAF Dust Disposal)
||Petroleum Storage Tanks
||AIC Dump Site Reports and Facility
|| Chemical Storage File
||Regulatory Agency Records
||Radioactive Materials and Devices
Relevant information derived from this file review is incorporated
in the discussions provided in Section 5.0.
A detailed description of file contents is provided in the Phase
I Environmental Site Assessment Report prepared by SEACOR in July
2001. It is noted that the majority of chemical storage information
contained in these files is now outdated, following several months
of site decommissioning during which large amounts of chemicals
have been disposed off-site by a certified contractor.
In addition to the files, several useful drawings and plans were
identified in the SYSCO Engineering Building. A site layout plan
dated 1957 was obtained from a Fuel Survey Report completed by Arthur
G. McKee and Company for the Dominion Iron and Steel Company Limited
in August 1957. This plan provided information on the locations
of storage tank, buildings, fuel lines and general land use. Although
many buildings were identified on the drawing, the plan is in general
not detailed with regards to scale and building configurations.
Three site drawings prepared by steel plant staff over the past
70 years were available for review at the Engineering Building.
The most recent drawing is dated January 2000 and is based on a
survey conducted in October 1999. An undated, but apparently earlier
version of the same drawing, appears to have been created circa
1970 to 1975. The third drawing appears to date to the 1930s.
All of these drawings are produced at a scale of one inch equals
50 feet. They show high levels of detail regarding building structures
and site infrastructure, although the outlines of buildings are
often ill defined. Despite this, they provide a great deal of historical
information due to their age and apparent accuracy. Their identical
scale allows the locations of removed buildings to be easily superimposed
on the modern (2000) plan.
Overall, the existing SYSCO records provided only a moderate level
of specific information regarding past industrial activities at
the plant. Little or no information related to industrial processing
operations carried out in buildings such as the No. 1 Open Hearth
or the Plate Mill exists at the SYSCO site. The majority of the
discussions presented in Section 5.0 related
to past operations came from archival records and interviews with