The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR) is the Province's lead for the $400 million, federal and provincial cost-share agreement for the cleanup of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Oven sites. Together with Public Works and Government Services Canada, NSTIR co-manages the administration of the cost-shared funding, in accordance with a Memorandum of Agreement between the two, signed May 12, 2004.

To effectively protect the federal and provincial government interests in the project, NSTIR has contracted the services of an independent engineering consultant for the life of the project. The role of the independent engineer is to make sure all design and remediation activities undertaken by the Agency are conducted in accordance with the conditions of the agreement. This includes technical, financial and environmental and project management requirements.

"Today's decision will bring a long-lasting, sustainable and environmentally responsible solution that the people of Cape Breton have been waiting for and deserve," said Angus MacIsaac, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Public Works. "Having reached this important milestone, the Province of Nova Scotia is more determined than ever to complete the cleanup of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites."

-January 28, 2007


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