Sydenham-Pearl Brownfield Project 

Update

The Sydenham Pearl Brownfield remediation project is being overseen on behalf of the City by the consulting firm CH2M. The City has retained the remediation services of Milestone Environmental Contracting to complete the remediation of the site.

The City hosted a Public Information Meeting on October 1, 2015 at 6pm at the Brantford Polish Hall. At the meeting, CH2M provided an overview of the remediation program, environmental management measures for the duration of the remediation, and the proposed timeline for the project.

Remediation activities to occur at the Sydenham Pearl Brownfield site include the removal of underground storage tanks, the excavation and off-site disposal of Petroleum Hydrocarbons (gas/diesel) contaminated soils, and in-situ soil mixing for Volatile Organic Compound (industrial solvents) contaminated soil and groundwater. In-situ soil mixing involves the mechanical mixing of soil, groundwater, and a chemical amendment, Zero Valent Iron (ZVI) and reduces the contaminant by chemical reduction.

It is anticipated that the total program will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete, beginning October 5. Excavation of the site and other works will occur over the entire 6 to 8 week period. The in-situ soil mixing program will take place over a 2 to 3 week period beginning in late October.

A copy of the Public Information Meeting presentation can be found here.

October 1 Public Information Meeting Minutes

During Regular Business Hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. contact:

Nicole Wilmot,
Manager, Policy Planning
City of Brantford
Tel: 519-759-4150 ext. 5472
Email: nwilmot@brantford.ca

Joshua Schram,
Policy Planner
City of Brantford
Tel: 519-759-4150 ext. 5873
Email: jschram@brantford.ca

For Site-specific Concerns, After Business hours/weekends contact:

Wayne Harris, Project Manager
Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc
Tel: 416-770-4173

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Spills Action Centre
Tel: 1-800-268-6060

Project Contact Information

For project information, or to report a concern regarding the Sydenham Pearl Brownfield Remediation project:

Background

The Sydenham Pearl Brownfield site consists of two properties: 17 Sydenham Street is the former Crown Electric manufacturing site and 22 Sydenham Street is the former Domtar (Northern Globe) manufacturing site. Both properties have frontage onto Pearl Street.

The site area is approximately 2.4 ha (6 acres) and is mostly surrounded by a residential neighbourhood. 22 Sydenham Street directly abuts the CN rail line on the north side, and both properties are bisected by a section of Sydenham Street that ends at the CN property. Phase Two environmental site investigations carried out by the City indicated that both properties were contaminated by past industrial operations and environmental remediation would be required to obtain a record of site condition to allow the redevelopment of the site for more sensitive uses, such as for housing or parkland.

The City retained the consulting firm CH2M Hill to update the required Phase One and Two Environmental Site Assessment reports to determine the location, type, and extent of any soil contamination on the site. This work has been completed. On Nov. 26, 2012 Council has approved the budget ($4.6 million) for the remediation of the Sydenham Pearl Brownfield site.

Project Status to Date

2012
- April-September: Phase One and Two Environmental Site Assessments
- September-October: Remedial Option Feasibility

2013
- December 2012-February 2013: Additional PhaSe Two Investigations
- 2013-2015: Additional Phase Two Investigations, Risk Assessment Activities

2014
- Began Remedial Planning

2015
- Remedial Design, Tendering, and Construction

2016
- Soil Capping, Berm Construction

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Staff Reports and Presentations

Environmental Reports and Studies