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Road construction uncovers contaminated soil

by Kris Svela

MOUNT FOREST - Reconstruction work on Highway 6, south of Queen Street here has uncovered contaminated soil outside Cook’s Garage.

Wellington North Mayor Ray Tout confirmed in an interview with the Advertiser that soil containing oil had been uncovered during reconstruction work.  The soil was removed with further testing to determine the extent of contamination.

“We hit contaminated soil,” the mayor said, referring to the find near Cook’s Garage. “It’s in front of their place, but we haven’t been able to pinpoint the source.”

Several truck loads of soil have been removed under supervision by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), which was alerted to the find more than a week ago, the mayor said. Township staff and engineers have also been involved in the preliminary clean up.

“It (the investigation) is still in the preliminary stages,” the mayor added.

Tout said Cook’s has been cooperating and has turned over documents showing when oil tanks were removed from the property.

“The tanks were removed in 1995 or 1996, so the tanks are long gone,” the mayor said on Monday. He said there doesn’t seem to be any indication of further leaching of the contaminant to the surrounding area.

“I don’t think there’s any imminent danger,” Tout said.

Rod Cook declined comment when contacted by the Advertiser, saying only that the garage is cooperating with authorities.

Tout said officials were expected to meet Tuesday to review the situation.


September 16, 2011


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