FCM's Green Municipal Fund Supports Decontamination of IPC Site in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu



    SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, Mayor
of Sherbrooke, Quebec and President of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM), and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public
Works and Government Services today announced that FCM's Green Municipal Fund
(GMF) will grant a loan of $342,431 to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Funding will
go to support the IPC site decontamination project.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a full range of resources and services
tailored to meet the specific needs of municipal administrations in
sustainable development," explained Mayor Jean Perrault acting for FCM. "The
financing and expertise supplied by the GMF supports the development of more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities."
    "Our government is committed to working with municipalities to clean up
the environment for all Canadians," said Minister Paradis. "I am very proud
that the subsidy granted in partnership with FCM will ensure a greener future
for Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu."
    This former industrial site located west of Old Saint-Jean is bordered to
the north and south by Canadian Pacific and Canadian National rail lines. The
soil and underground water contamination is due to the on-site storage of
paint pigments in barrels and other containers. A partial audit of work before
demolition in 1998 showed the site also contained asbestos, hazardous wastes
stored in barrels as well as underground and aboveground hydrocarbon tanks.
    Because of the presence of these products, it will be necessary to use
"Level C" equipment to decontaminate the buildings in question. Site
restoration would be carried out in four stages: 1) an analysis of impacts and
toxicological risks on underground water; 2) the elimination of residual
materials and the restoration of buildings; 3) demolition of buildings and 4)
redevelopment of the site.
    Once the bioremediation is completed, the City plans on putting up
buildings on the site and using the remaining vacant lots to centralize
operations of its Public Works Department.
    "We are pleased to benefit from the support of the Green Municipal Fund
in the rehabilitation of the former IPC site. The project will allow us to
revitalize the sector and create a safer environment for our residents while
stimulating the city's economic activity," explained the mayor of
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Gilles Dolbec.
    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities to establish and manage the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund
supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding
to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate
protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: Isabelle
Laflamme, Information Officer, (450) 357-2149, Fax: (450) 357-2361,
i.laflamme@ville.saint-jean-sur-richelieu.qc.ca;
http://www.ville.saint-jean-sur-richelieu.qc.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Dave
Weatherall, Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515,
dweatherall@fcm.ca; http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; Natural
Resources Canada: Jasmine MacDonnell, Press Secretary, Minister's Office,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663;
http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

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