Green Municipal Fund commits $12,024 to the municipality of Saint-Damien-de-Brandon for a brownfield remediation study



    SAINT-DAMIEN-DE-BRANDON, QC, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - FCM First
Vice-President Jean Perrault, Mayor of the City of Sherbrooke, and the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a $12,024
Green Municipal Fund grant to help the Municipality of Saint-Damien-de-Brandon
conduct a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and develop a
remediation plan for a 415,820 square foot contaminated property adjacent to
City Hall. A sawmill and wood preserving plant once occupied the land. The
Phase II ESA will help define the remediation required prior to redevelopment
of the 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 First Vice-President Jean Perrault. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said Minister Lunn. "Through the Green
Municipal Fund, the Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across
the country to deliver results. Projects such as this will help to ensure a
cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    Approximately twenty-two test pits will be excavated during the
feasibility study. Soil samples will be analyzed for one or more of the
following compounds: petroleum hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
volatile organic compounds, phenol compounds, ethylene glycols and metals. In
addition, four groundwater observation wells will be drilled and groundwater
samples will be collected and analyzed.
    "The remediation of this site is a turning point for our town," said
Mayor Céline Tremblay. "It is a decisive step in erasing the environmental
liability that has plagued the heart of our village and it opens the door to
new residential developments that will have a major fiscal, environmental,
social and economic impact locally. In these times of very tight municipal
budgets, the assistance of the Green Municipal Fund is extremely useful."
    Remediation of the site will seek to maximize the potential for
residential land use and will correspond to the Ministère de l'Environnement
et de la Faune Class B decontamination standards. In its tender for the
eventual capital installation project, the Municipality will include specific
energy efficiency criteria including building insulation, heating and
lighting, as well as water efficiency.
    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million 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: Municipality of St-Damien : Josée Tellier,
Director General, Municipality of St-Damien, (450) 835-3419, Fax: (450)
835-5538, stdamien@intermonde.net; Green Municipal Fund : Lucille Hodgins,
Manager, Community Liaison, Green Municipal Fund, Centre for Sustainable
Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6299,
Cell: (613) 447-0051, Fax: (613) 244-1515, lhodgins@fcm.ca; Natural Resources
Canada : Kathleen Olson, Acting Director of Communications, Minister's Office,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663, For information
on the Municipality of Saint-Damien-de-Brandon, QC, visit
http://www.st-damien.com; For information on the Green Municipal Fund,
including details of other approved projects and studies, visit
http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca; For information on Natural
Resources Canada, visit http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For information on
Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca


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