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Name of Horizontal Initiative: Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project
Name of Lead Department(s): PWGSC
Lead Department Program Activity: Specialized Programs & Services
Start Date of the Horizontal Initiative: May 12, 2004
End Date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2014
Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date):
$282 million for PWGSC Cost share with the Province of Nova Scotia. (The Province of Nova Scotia’s share is up to $120 million for a total project cost of $402 million.) Costs outside of the cost share are: PWGSC federal lead oversight $25.8 million, Environment Canada $7.6 million and Health Canada $5.5 million.
Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):
This initiative is a Federal - Provincial Cost Share to remediate the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites situated on federally and provincially owned lands in the heart of Sydney, Nova Scotia. These sites were contaminated as a result of a century of manufacturing steel. The project is in support of the federal governments' sustainable development initiative, recognizing the environmental, social and economic dimensions of the Sydney area. The project will have long term benefits for all Canadians. When remediation is complete, Nova Scotia will take ownership of the lands. Any remaining contaminants will be managed and monitored by the Province of Nova Scotia in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement. The provincial agency’s website can be found at: http://www.tarpondscleanup.ca. The project was subject to the federal environmental assessment process under a joint panel review pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The website for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/viewer_e.cfm?cear_id=8989#Documents
The targeted results to be achieved by the partners will result in long term environmental, economic, and social benefits for Nova Scotians, First Nations Communities and all Canadians. Downtown Sydney will have new land to be developed, which will aid in the rejuvenation of the economically depressed area.
|Federal Partners||Federal Partner Program Activity||Names of Programs for Federal Partners||Total Allocation
|Planned Spending for
2009-2010 as per RPP
|Actual Spending for
|1. PWGSC Operating||PA 1
|a. Specialized Programs & Services -Sydney Tar Ponds & Coke Ovens Remediation Project||$25,870,000||$2,342,059||$2,154,938|
|Cost Share Payment to Province of Nova Scotia:||$282,240,000||$39,708,751||$37,208,751|
Provision of advice to PWGSC on technical issues, historical studies and scientific issues related to contaminated sites.
|3. HEALTH CANADA||PA 1
Provision of advice to PWGSC on issues related to human health, technical issues and risk assessment.
Planned Results for 2009-2010:
Results Achieved in 2009-2010:
The Project remains on track to meet the approved budget and the Project is moving ahead pursuant to the MOA.
Comments on Variances:
The $2.8M variance in planned and actual expenditures arose due to delays in operations and tendering of major elements that are now on their way to completion.
Results Achieved by Non-federal Partners (if applicable):
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, who is implementing the day to day technical aspects of the Project elements in accordance with the agreements signed by the government partners, carried out remediation work for cost shared expenditures in the amount of $62M ($37.2M federal cost share).
Randy Vallis, Director, Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project, 295 Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS B1P 6J9
Tel: (902) 564-2543 Email: email@example.com
Brenda Powell, Chief Business Management, Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project
Tel: (902) 368-0359 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org