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No contaminants in metal drums on Wellness Centre site

These metal drums were excavated at the future Labrador Wellness Centre site. After environmental testing they were found to contain no contaminants.
These metal drums were excavated at the future Labrador Wellness Centre site. After environmental testing they were found to contain no contaminants. - Evan Careen

Stantec tested the drums and soil

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

CANADA

The Nunatsiavut Group of Companies (NGC) issued a press release on Tuesday, Sept. 11 regarding the metal drums they took out of the ground on Hamilton River Road.

NGC hired environmental consultants Stantec to test the metal drums and soil on the Town Centre site and found there were no contaminants in the drums or the soil.

Tom Lyall, general manager of NGC, told The Labradorian in August they knew there was something metal under the ground there and that was why they were excavating the area.

“There was a magnetic survey done of the site before my time and it that particular area, they detected a metallic anomaly in the ground that we were excavating,” he said.

The drums were discovered underground through electromagnetic surveys during the development of the site.

Lyall said the drums were opened and empty when they were taken out of the ground.

“They weren’t crushed, but they had been opened and emptied, there was no residual material left in them,” he said.

Lyall said they don’t know where the drums came from; they were a problem they inherited on the site. The area where the drums were found will be the future parking lot for the new Labrador Wellness Centre.

NGC said arrangements are being made to collect the drums and he’s hopeful contractors can begin putting the excavated soil back by the end of the week.

“People can be assured that we have completed a thorough assessment of the excavated materials that were discovered on the site,” Lyall said in the release. “We are disposing of the metal drums that were taken from the ground and the testing has clearly shown there are no contaminants in the soil that is being put back in.”

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