The Town has engaged an environmental engineering firm to assess and oversee the remediation work and is working with Alberta Environment to ensure the remediation is completed to the required standards. Air quality testing will be conducted on the site as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety until the conclusion of remediation.
“Prior to purchasing the property, the Town undertook steps to ensure due diligence and understanding of environmental assessments conducted and potential risks being assumed by the Town,” said Town of Cochrane CAO Mike Derricott. “While this additional remediation work was not fully anticipated, the end result is that our community will be cleaner and more prepared for appropriate area development as these steps are taken.”
The current remediation work is anticipated to cost $500,000, with an additional $300,000 for further site investigation on the remainder of the site and any potential additional remediation. The funding will be allocated from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital Grant. Council approved the additional capital budget required to support these efforts at the June 28 Council meeting.
The Town purchased the site 2017 to support implementation of Cochrane transit. It is anticipated that the additional site remediation work will not significantly impact project timelines.
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