Environmental issues of concern associated
with the rail tracks include creosote rail ties and potential contaminated
soil under and adjacent to the tracks. In the past, used oil was
often used for dust suppression on roadways on the steel plant property.
The results of testing performed by JDAC in 2000/2001 indicate
that one borehole location, MCES-004-MW, is located within this
area. Soil samples collected from this borehole did not exceed the
CCME commercial guideline values for the parameters analysed. However
a surface soil sample (MCES-002-SS) collected in this area exceeded
CCME commercial guideline value for chromium.
The majority of open space in this area is covered with granular
materials. Slopes at certain locations show signs of surface erosion.
Overland drainage in the area may present the possibility of siltation
and sediment impacts to receiving waters.