DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has conditionally granted approval for a remediation deal to begin cleanup at Greenbank Airways.
The clean-up deal will see D.L. services remove most of the contaminated soil from 30 areas on the site. It will then be tested and treated. As well, one area that can not be removed, will be treated with microbes to degrade any gasoline found there.
D.L. Services originally submitted the plan to Scugog in June, and a conditional approval letter was awarded to the company on Tuesday, July 21.
The company is just waiting for final approval from Airways owner Robert Munshaw before they can begin the cleanup. Doug LeBlanc, president of D.L. Services said that despite the project seeming to be a large endeavor, the process is actually quite easy.
“The cleanup won’t take long. What has taken long is just having to deal with all of the politics invloved,” explained Mr. LeBlanc.
Scugog’s Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith said that the township has no timetable for how long the cleanup will take.
“We want results. As far as timing, we have not set a time frame,” Mr. Smith told The Standard. “We want the remediation efforts to be complete and the area to be free of contaminants.”
Mr. Smith also added that the township has full faith that D.L. Services can handle the job.
“They’ve done cleanups of this magnitude before,” he said. “They are accredited and licensed by the MOECC, and we are very hopeful that they will be successful.”
The entire process will be monitored on behalf of the township by Golder Associates. No further fill will be allowed on the site until the clean-up of the site is complete.
As well, under the terms of the tentative agreement, during the cleanup, DLS must also control storm water run off, and keep to the township’s dust and noise standards. DLS must also notify the municipality of each step they take during the process, making reports before advancing to the next stage of any of the work undertaken as part of the remediation of the site.
Mayor Tom Rowett said that the township’s firm stance on Table 2 soil standards is justified.
“I think the hardline stance is important because whenever you are dealing with a contract like this, you can’t send a mixed message,” commented Mayor Rowett.
In March, borehole testing on the site conducted by Golder Associates found that 22 of 45 soil samples exceeded the township’s table 2 standards. However, Mr. LeBlanc feels that the concerns were a bit overblown.
“The site will be way above table 2 after they put asphalt in for the runway,” opined Mr. LeBlanc. “We are also dealing with compounds that don’t leach, they don’t go anywhere. Is it a hazard? No.”
However, Mayor Rowett said a possible asphalt roadway is “a separate issue” from fill at the site.
Mr. LeBlanc estimates the cost of the cleanup to be somewhere between $75,000 and $125,000.
One of the requirements of the remediation deal is that Greenbank Airways cover the cleanup and legal costs, as well as $149,834 for unpaid fees from previous fill importation.
All of the requirements of the clean-up at the Greenbank Airways site can be found at the township’s web site at www.scugog.ca.
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