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Work on the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (“ESA”) process for the Sydney Steel site began in February 2003, immediately following submission of the Final Phase 1 ESA Report (SEACOR Environmental Inc.) in January 2003.

A Phase 2 ESA involves collecting soil and water samples in order to determine if environmental contaminants are present. Based on the findings of the Phase 2 programs, further work (“Phase 3”) may be done to gather more information on any areas of interest.

Four areas of the site have undergone Phase 2 & 3 ESAs to date, and another three programs will be carried out in the future to cover the remainder of the site. The areas covered to date are as follows: (A brief summary of each program can be accessed via the following links )

Victoria Road/Maintenance Shops Area

High Dump/Slag Stockpiles Area

Blast Furnace Stockyard/No. 1 & 2 Piers Area

Bar Mill and Mobile Shop Areas

Blast Furnace Area

These areas cover the SYSCO site from the Victoria Road Overpass, around the south end of the site, along the east shore of Muggah Creek (including the slag piles), and around the north end of the site to the International Piers. The middle part of the site (where the rolling mills and steel shops were located) has not yet been assessed.

For some of these areas, both Phase 2 and Phase 3 have been completed, and SYSCO is preparing to address issues identified through the course of the studies. Significant dates for each program are provided in the following table:

Area High Dump/
Slag Stockpiles
BF Stockyard/No. 1 & 2 Piers Victoria Road/Maintenance Shops Bar Mill and
Mobile Shop
Blast Furnace
Steel Shop Area
RFP Issued April 3, 2003 May 8, 2003 June 12, 2003 Oct. 31, 2003 May 9, 2005 March 21, 2006
Contract Awarded May 8, 2003 June 4, 2003 July 9, 2003 Nov. 17, 2003 June 2005  
Consultant MGI Limited AMEC Earth & Environmental Dillon/ADI ADI Limited Amec Earth & Environmental  
Phase II ESA
Field Work Started May 2003 July 2003 August 2003 Nov. 2003 July 2005  
Final Report Issued Oct. 2003 Feb. 2004 March 2004 July 2004 March 2006  
Phase 3 ESA
Field Work Started Dec. 2003 Nov. 2003 May 2004 July 2004    
Final Report Issued April 2004 May 2004 January 2005 February 2005    



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