AN INTEGRATED Approach
Securing the Site
To begin the daunting clean-up efforts, QM’s first step was to isolate the contaminated area by enclosing it under massive domes contructed of steel and fabric membrane, the largest of which was three football fields long. Asphalt roads were built inside and around these domes, with a truck wash station at the entrance/exit, it also enclosed in a covered steel and fabric membrane structure. In fact, $8 million was spent in infrastructure before the project could begin.
Moving the Materials
All impacted PCB soils were loaded to TDG regulated long-haul trucks and transported to a facility near St. Ambroise, Quebec. Extra precaution was taken by lining dump trucks and securing each load with a tarp covering to contain the hazardous materials. At the Quebec facility, the contaminated soil was burned to ash, which was then landfilled.
Eyes in the Air, on the Ground
Significant environmental management and control plans were developed to monitor the effect of the operation on its surroundings. Dust levels were monitored to ensuring the integrity of the air quality both on and off site. Furthermore a complete ground and storm water management program was undertaken, including upgrading of all ditches and water treatment program at the onsite water treatment facility.
This project’s high profile within both the community and the country was attended to with numerous communications tactics to ensure messages were factual and timely and that opportunities for community feedback were given. A project website was built, information sessions were hosted, regular newsletters were sent to residents, and a community liaison met regularly with the team and the media to address and minimize any concern.