Victoria, BC - The Province and the Capital Regional District (CRD) have reached an agreement to remediate the Millstream Meadows site in the Districtof Highlands for a total of $10 million in funding, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell and CRD Chair Denise Blackwell announced today.
“The Millstream Meadows project is an example of our recently announced BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy and demonstrates our commitment to working with communities to revitalize contaminated sites,” said Bell. “The remediation will eliminate potential human health risks as well as create a positive environmental outcome, which is a priority for our government.”
The Crown Land Restoration Branch (CLRB), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, will collaborate with the CRD to ensure remediation proceeds this summer so that any potential public health risks are mitigated and the site can be used again.
“We are delighted to work with the provincial government to clean up Millstream Meadows,” said Blackwell. “The remediation of this site has been a priority for the CRD and, thanks to our partnership with the Province, we are making it a reality. The cleanup of the area will help ensure the security and quality of local groundwater, and as such it is consistent with our mandate to proactively protect public health and the environment.”
Millstream Meadows is approximately 13 hectares in size; located on Millstream Road, north of the Millstream Industrial Park and near the Highlands District offices. Historically, the site was used for the disposal of septage and solid waste as well as some oily liquid wastes. The CRD closed the facility in 1984 and has been conducting environmental monitoring on the site since 1995.
“It’s great to see local government taking initiative in cleaning up sites like these,” said
Community Services Minister Ida Chong. “Our government has made a commitment to greener, healthier communities, and this collaboration allows us to fulfill that commitment, to the benefit of everyone involved.”
Once the process to select a contractor is completed, remediation work is anticipated to begin this summer and will be completed by the end of 2008. Monitoring of the site will continue thereafter.
“The District has been pursuing an agreement to remediate this property for a number of years,” said Mark Cardinal, mayor of Highlands. “Council has been working diligently with the CRD and in particular, the expertise of Michelle Mahovlich provided a significant contribution toward this result.”
Funding for the project will be cost-shared on a 61-39 basis between the CRD and the
government of British Columbia. Provincial funding is from the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands’ Crown Land Restoration Branch, which was established to address priority contaminated sites where the Crown has a responsibility to clean up. The CRD portion of the funding will be financed through a borrowing arrangement with the Municipal Finance Authority.
Since 2001, the Province has committed more than $192 million to identify and clean up a number of B.C. Crown contaminated sites. While there are currently no plans for the future use of Millstream Meadows, the site has potential for redevelopment, making it one of three brownfield pilot projects under the B.C. Brownfield Renewal Strategy. For more information on brownfields, visit: Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Crown Land Restoration Branch
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