The Sydney Steel Plant property has a long history
of heavy industrial activity, dating back to a time when the potential
environmental effects of such activities were not appreciated. Today,
areas of the Former Sydney Steel Plant Lands bear witness to this
history through the presence of century-old buildings, waste disposal
areas, and the potential existence of environmental impacts. This
report describes conditions on the site as of February 14, 2002.
As discussed in Section 4.0, the Former
Sydney Steel Plant Lands may be divided into four general land use
zones based on historic land use and industrial activities. To facilitate
the discussion of potential environmental issues, each of the four
zones has been subdivided based on historical and present structures
and operations. In all, SEACOR Environmental has divided the property
into 36 Site Classification Units (SCUs) for the purpose of this
study. The SCUs are shown on Figure 5-1, found in the pocket at
the end of this report.
Below, this history is discussed in relation to each of the SCUs.
The discussion emphasizes the general types of environmental concerns
associated with each area of the plant, and provides detailed information
on particular operations and facilities.