City Receives Green Municipal Fund Grant for Soil Remediation Demo 

For Immediate Release
9/30/2013 
Contact: Tara Tran, Policy Planner 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

Harper Government and FCM support City of Brantford’s collaboration with Dutch firm on soil remediation demonstration project at Greenwich Mohawk brownfield site

Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, and Claude Dauphin, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the Borough of Lachine, City of Montréal, Quebec, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant to the City of Brantford. The City will put the $130,845 toward a soil remediation demonstration project at the Greenwich Mohawk brownfield site.

“Through the Green Municipal Fund, our Government is assisting communities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians,” said MP McColeman. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping the City of Brantford improve the environment while positioning itself for economic growth.”

“The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Mr. Dauphin. “The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”

The City of Brantford will test an in situ, heat-enhanced soil remediation technology on a portion of its 21-hectare Greenwich Mohawk brownfield site, in partnership with the Dutch company Groundwater Technology and the Government of the Netherlands,. This will be the first test of the technology in Ontario.

The Greenwich Mohawk site consists of three adjacent properties used for decades by two large farm equipment manufacturers. The property now holds approximately 700,000 m3 of soil contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and other pollutants. In the test, petroleum hydrocarbons will be removed from a 300-square metre area that is within the source area for the contaminants on site. Hot steam will mobilize petroleum hydrocarbon contaminants so they can be extracted with a vacuum system, separated through condensation and physical separation. Petroleum hydrocarbons will be recovered and disposed of as a chemical waste or refined or recycled.

As the owners of the Greenwich Mohawk brownfield site, the City is providing Groundwater Technology the venue to demonstrate how this technology may be used in the Canadian context to remediate brownfield sites, such as this one, to a residential and parkland standard and without demolishing the site’s designated heritage buildings. This initiative is a key component of Brantford’s Brownfield Sites Community Improvement Plan, and will help the City achieve its goal of becoming a leader in innovation and brownfield redevelopment.

“This leading-edge technology is another prime example of the ground-breaking innovation this City is quickly becoming known for.”” said Brantford Mayor Chris Friel. “This initiative will create a cleaner, greener Brantford for future generations.”

The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.