Province To Clean Up Waste Disposal Site

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Province To Clean Up Waste Disposal Site

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Project Will Contribute To Cleaner Healthier Environment HAWKESBURY, ON, Sept. 19 - The Ontario government is protecting the environment and the health of Ontarians by investing in the clean up of an industrial lagoon in Hawkesbury, MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde announced today on behalf of Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. "When I visited Hawkesbury earlier this year, I promised we would work quickly to clean up this old paper manufacturing site and we are doing that," said Ramsay. The Ministry of Natural Resources is investing $280,000 in the first phase of the clean up. The ministry will hire a project manager to work with the Ministry of the Environment to develop and obtain approval of a closure plan for the site. The money will also be used for water quality monitoring, surveying, fencing and signage. The investment is part of ReNew Ontario, the McGuinty government's strategic five-year, $30-billion infrastructure investment plan. "A cleaner, healthier environment depends on projects just like this one in Hawkesbury," said Environment Minister Laurel Broten. "This project demonstrates our government's commitments to better protect water quality and help municipalities put former industrial sites back into productive use." "Resolving this problem has been my number one priority," said Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde. "I'm very pleased that the clean up is starting." The Ministry of Natural Resources will also work closely with the municipality on the clean up, which is expected to take several years. "Once this site is cleaned up it could be used as recreational greenspace and should encourage tourism investment in our community," said Mayor of the Town of Hawkesbury, Jacques Hétu. The Canadian International Paper company manufactured paper on the site until 1985 when it closed the mill and tore it down. The Ministry of Natural Resources originally gave the company a licence to construct a wet lagoon to collect wood fibre waste. When the plant closed, the Ministry of the Environment approved the wet lagoon as an official waste disposal site for landfill demolition materials. The Ministry of Natural Resources assumed ownership of the site in 1986 after the company surrendered the licence. This pre-dated the time when an approved closure plan had to be in place before a licence was surrendered. Disponible en français www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Media calls only: Ginette Albert, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212; Steve Payne, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2103