Guelph, ON, September 15, 2014 – Earlier this month, crews unearthed eight drums filled with industrial solvents during construction of the Paisley-Clythe feedermain near the Wellington Street/Hanlon Expressway interchange. The City halted the work, removed the liquid and is working with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to determine next steps before removing any remaining contaminated materials.
“Knowing the history of industrial and landfill activity in the area, we did several scans and tests before construction. Before work continues, we’ll conduct more detailed scans to gather more specific information so we can take further precautions if necessary,” said Kealy Dedman, City Engineer.
The City, its consultant MMM Group, and the MOECC developed the following plan to be implemented over the coming weeks; before crews continue installing the watermain
- Prepare an updated health and safety plan before continuing intrusive (digging) work
- Perform geophysical and electromagnetic surveys of the area and report findings to the MOECC and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH)
- Following the results of the geophysical survey, the appropriate next steps will be determined and carried out following approval of the plan by MOECC
- Paisley-Clythe feedermain project map (print quality)
- Historic industrial and landfill activity near Wellington Street work site
- Questions and answers about drums on construction site
- September 8, 2014 – Report identifies mixture of solvents found in buried drums
- September 5, 2014 – City removing eight buried drums from Wellington Street construction site
- September 4, 2014 – More drums unearthed on Wellington Street construction site
- September 3, 2014 – Unknown liquid unearthed during construction near Wellington Street
- About the project: York Trunk Sewer and Paisley-Clythe Feedermain
City Engineer, City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2248