VICTORIA, BC, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today
awarded Quantum Murray LP with a multi-year contract for $33,482,763.70
(taxes included) to complete the final phase of the Rock Bay
Remediation Project at the Transport Canada-owned site.
Site preparation is expected to begin in June 2014, following the
submission of detailed plans required from the contractor, and
remediation work should begin in July 2014. The contract requires
Quantum Murray LP to complete all site work by November 15, 2015.
Following remediation, the land will be divested to the Songhees Nation
and the Esquimalt Nation from southern Vancouver Island.
The remediation project requires a temporary restraining enclosure
(i.e., a cofferdam) to be built within the harbour to prevent water
infiltration and to allow Quantum Murray LP to excavate under dry
conditions. The dam will be removed once the project is completed.
Contaminated soil and sediment will be sent for off-site treatment and
disposed of at approved facilities.
The project will be closely monitored to ensure the safety of workers
and the community, and will include a neighbourhood air quality
management plan. Soil, sediment and water quality will also be
monitored throughout the project to ensure that cleanup objectives are
met and that remediation activities do not negatively impact the
surrounding environment. Rock Bay's sediment and shoreline will be
restored according to the Habitat Restoration Plan approved by the
Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The Rock Bay Remediation Project is funded through the Federal
Contaminated Sites Action Plan, which is coordinated by Environment
Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and provides
funding to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites.
Rock Bay is the site of a former coal gasification facility that
operated from 1862 to 1952 on property previously owned by Victoria Gas
and BC Electric, predecessor companies of BC Hydro. This facility and
associated infilling resulted in the contamination of soil, groundwater
and sediment with hydrocarbons, metals and other substances on
Transport Canada and adjacent properties.
Between 2004 and 2006, the majority of the Rock Bay area was jointly
remediated by Transport Canada and BC Hydro (Stage 1 and 2). Over
200,000 tonnes of contaminated soil has been removed so far.
"Completing the final stage of the Rock Bay project demonstrates our
government's ongoing commitment to remediating contaminated sites and
protecting the environment."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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