No previous environmental studies have focused on
the Sydney Steel Plant. Several reports have been produced over
the past 30 years regarding the Tar Ponds (Muggah Creek), and more
recently the Coke Ovens and adjoining areas.
Approximately 20 reports were reviewed as part of this study. A
complete list of these reports is included in Appendix A. Relevant
information gleaned from these reports is incorporated in Section
5.0. Several of these reports stand out as particularly useful
due to their recent dates of completion, their methodical approach,
and the fact the studies tended to consider the entire Muggah Creek
Watershed, including the steel plant property. These are discussed
in the following paragraphs.
Phase II and III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the Muggah
Creek Watershed were undertaken by JDAC Environment Limited on behalf
of DTPW in 2000 and 2001. These studies included testing on a portion
of the SYSCO property such as Coke Ovens Brook and the south/west
shore of Muggah Creek. They also included detailed investigations
of adjacent areas such as the Coke Ovens site that may be a source
of contamination for the Sydney Steel Plant property.
Another important document is the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
of the Muggah Creek Watershed prepared for Supply and Services Canada
(now Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)) by CBCL
Limited and Conestoga-Rovers and Associates (CRA) in January 1999.
The Phase 1 ESA provides background information and established
the framework for subsequent investigations, especially those undertaken
The CBCL/CRA document provides a summary of the history of development
within the watershed, as well as a detailed description of the environmental,
geological and meteorological conditions in the vicinity of the
Muggah Creek Watershed. It also includes a discussion of previous
studies, mainly related to the Tar Ponds, and a preliminary assessment
of the possible nature and extent of contaminants within the watershed.
Relevant information derived from these reports, including results
of testing activities, is incorporated in Section