The SYSCO property’s long history of heavy
industrial activity dates back to a time when the potential environmental
effects of such activities were not appreciated. As the mill was
not formally closed until early 2001, investigations of potential
areas of environmental concern have just begun. The environmental
testing carried out to date has been concerned with specific locations
or issues, such as sampling hazardous building materials in structures
slated for demolition.
As part of the recent demolition process to remove
old buildings from the site, a decommissioning program was designed
and undertaken in order to ensure that all utilities, machinery,
hazardous materials and environmental concerns were neutralized
prior to the demolition of each structure. As of the date of this
report, no studies have been undertaken to determine the presence,
magnitude or extent of environmental impacts in soil or groundwater
on the property.
In 2000 and 2001, as part of the Phase II and III environmental
site assessments carried out at the Coke Ovens site, the first comprehensive
sampling programs were undertaken. Unlike the Coke Ovens site, visible
signs of impact do not tend to be widespread. Rather, potential
areas of concern have been identified based on past industrial activities.
The SYSCO site may be divided into four general land use areas
based on historic land use and industrial activities (Figure
4.1). A general discussion of the land use and any environmental
concerns associated with each area is provided below. Detailed land
uses for each of the Site Characterization Units (SCU’s) are
provided in Table
4.1. The development of the Site Characterization Unit system
is discussed in Section 4.5.