Public Consultation on Waterfront Contamination

Sleeping Giant
The lighthouse on the break wall in Thunder Bay is viewed from Hillcrest Park, Marina Park and from the Lake itself

Sleeping Giant
The lighthouse on the break wall in Thunder Bay is viewed from Hillcrest Park, Marina Park and from the Lake itself

THUNDER BAY – Area residents have another opportunity to learn more about a large area of contamination in Thunder Bay North Harbour when EcoSuperior hosts a second public open house on Wednesday, June 4 from 4 – 8 pm at the waterfront Baggage Building.

Consultants from Cole Engineering have finalized a Sediment Management Options study and will be presenting their recommended options for cleaning up the site, which contains up to 22 hectares of contaminated residue from historic pulp mill operations. Mercury is the primary contaminant of concern.

“Citizens can learn more about the project and the remediation options that are currently being considered,” says EcoSuperior project coordinator Jamie Saunders. “In the coming months, we are asking for feedback and documenting people’s concerns and opinions to help in the selection of a recommended option.”

In addition to the public Open House, a series of stakeholder consultation meetings are being held this week with Fort William First Nation, Metis Nation of Ontario, Red Sky Metis Nation, Public Advisory Committee Sediment subcommittee, and City of Thunder Bay administration.

Further information and an on-line comment submission form are available at www.ecosuperior.org.