DND to remove 58,000 tonnes of contaminated soil from former N.S. radar station

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SYDNEY, N.S. - The Defence Department has provided a clearer image of its plan to remove more than 58,000 tonnes contaminated soil at the former radar base in Cape Breton.
During a public meeting Tuesday, Lisa Ripley, a civil engineer with the department, said plans to clean up the site include removing contaminated soil and hauling it to a landfill where it can be used to cover garbage.
A private contractor will be hired to move the soil from Dryden Avenue in Sydney's Whitney Pier neighbourhood to a municipal dump.
Ripley said landfill operators are willing to take the soil because its levels of contamination are within industrial guidelines.
Remediation work will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by 2013. The work became necessary after the soil was found in 2004 to be contaminated with heating oil.
Last month, Defence said part of its $11.2-million project is to erect a fence around the property and tear down 40 residential housing units and remove the affected soil. The project also includes groundwater monitoring.
Residents had been living in the housing units up until last summer.

Organizations: Defence Department

Geographic location: SYDNEY, Cape Breton, Dryden Avenue

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