Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup

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Ranking for 2012: 70

Industry Sector: Other

Specific Sector: Environment

Range: 0 - $500,000,000

Project Value: $400,000,000

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Public

Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2014


Proposed since the 1980’s, the Sydney Tar Ponds cleanup is Canada’s most prominent environmental remediation. It aims to convert one of the country’s most polluted sites, the Sydney Tar Ponds and coke ovens, into a public park that includes sports and cultural facilities, a golf course, road and bridge infrastructure and landscaped and naturalized areas. That site had been used for the manufacturing of steel between 1901 and 2000.

Work began in 2009 and to date, the south tar pond has been remediated. The north pond, from Ferry Street to the north pond narrows, was treated in fall 2012. The final phase is scheduled for remediation in 2013, with the park opening at the end of that year.

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