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City to report financial liability for environmental remediation annually

New public sector accounting standard prompts greater financial transparency Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2015 – The City is updating its accounting practices to reflect the financial liability associated with  its properties that may require remediation, to meet a new requirement of the Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS). “The new accounting standard ensures Guelph is identifying, assessing, and reporting on financial liabilities that exist when an area of land exceeds environmental quality standards and requires some degree of remediation,” said Janice Sheehy, the City’s general manager of finance. The cost to maintain, mitigate, or remediate City-owned contaminated sites that meet the criteria defined in the PSAS is estimated to be $30 million. “The extent of remediation needed is site-specific and this work is subject to the… Continue reading City to report financial liability for environmental remediation annually

Resuming work on Wellington Street site

Guelph, ON, July 13, 2015–On Friday, construction crews resumed work after the City disposed of one drum, metal debris that appeared to be a second drum, and surrounding soil from a construction site near the intersection of Wellington Street and the Hanlon Expressway. Odours subsided once the materials were removed, and the two workers who experienced nausea on Thursday returned to work on Friday. Crews stabilized the walls of the excavation area and began improvements along the banks of Howitt Creek that will allow the waterway to return to its normal flow. Project updates will be posted at guelph.ca/construction . Removing drums and debris from the site The City has removed a total of 44 drums from the site since September 2014: Eight drums were… Continue reading Resuming work on Wellington Street site

Update on drums removed from Guelph construction site

Guelph, ON, July 9, 2015 – Earlier today, the City announced it found a metal drum on the construction site near the intersection of Wellington Street and the Hanlon Expressway. Read the announcement from earlier today. Since then, the City has confirmed that two members of the construction crew experienced some nausea while on site; they were sent to hospital as a precaution and released shortly thereafter. Also, while removing the affected soil from the site, crews revealed crushed metal debris that appeared to be a second metal drum, meaning the City has removed a total of 44 drums from the site since September 2014: Eight drums were removed in September 2014 One drum was removed during the site examination in November 2014 33 drums… Continue reading Update on drums removed from Guelph construction site

One more drum removed from Guelph construction site

Construction crews found, removed and contained one more metal drum on the construction site near the intersection of Wellington Street and the Hanlon Expressway. Odours are expected to subside quickly. The drum and surrounding soil are being removed for safe disposal. Since September, 2014, 43 170-litre (45-gallon) drums have been removed from the site. Continue reading One more drum removed from Guelph construction site

Twenty-one more drums removed from Wellington Street construction site

On May 11, the City began removing more debris from the site where eight 170-litre (45-gallon) drums of chemicals were found in September. 21 more drums have been removed. 2 of the drums were partially filled with liquid; the liquid was transported to a disposal facility. 1 of the drums contained a mixture of liquids and solids; the mixture is being analyzed to determine how to dispose of it properly, and results are expected next week. updates will be posted at http://guelph.ca/construction Continue reading Twenty-one more drums removed from Wellington Street construction site