FCM's Green Municipal Fund supports the City of Quinte West's Field Test to Remediate the Murata Erie North America Historical Property



    QUINTE WEST, ON, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., and
the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources and today announced a
Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the City of Quinte West. The City is
using the $227,750 grant to conduct a field test to determine the optimal
treatment system to remediate the city-owned Murata Erie North America
historical property.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said FCM President Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Qué. "The
financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of
communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically
sustainable."
    "Our Government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians,"
said the Honourable Lisa Raitt. "Today's announcement is another example of
how our Government - in partnership with the FCM - is helping Quinte West
build a greener future for its citizens."
    The City of Quinte West will conduct a field test to remediate an
historical property on its shoreline and turn it into a community waterfront
park incorporating a constructed wetland, hiking trails and educational and
interpretive measures. The site is known as the Murata Erie North America
(MENA) property, a former manufacturing facility 3.08 hectares in size and
located within 300 meters of the Bay of Quinte. Now City-owned, data indicates
that volatile organic compounds from the site are reaching the Bay.
    A remedial options study was conducted and several possible solutions
were considered, the best being to install between six and 10 groundwater
pumping wells along the shoreline to create a barrier. Water pumped and
collected will receive preliminary treatment on site, then it will be pumped
into an infiltration gallery, similar to a "weeping system" used at most rural
properties to treat waste water.
    In order to accelerate the rate of remediation, several leading-edge
remedial technologies, including biostimulation and chemical oxidation
techniques, will be identified and integrated into the treatment system
infiltration gallery. The field test will define the final treatment system
design for the site.
    Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works for the City of Quinte West
acknowledged that the city is very pleased to partner with the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities to improve the quality of life in the community.
Mayor, John R. Williams acknowledged that the City is delighted to work with
the Federation to strengthen and protect the environment for all of the
families in our community.

    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment financed by the Government of
Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 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: Chris J. Angelo, Director of Public Works, City
of Quinte West, (613) 392-2841 ext 4406, Fax: (613) 392-7151,
chrisa@city.quintewest.on.ca; Dave Weatherall, Communications Officer, Green
Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax:
(613) 244-1515, dweatherall@fcm.ca; www.fcm.ca/gmf; Jasmine MacDonnell, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Natural
Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663;
http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

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