The city is going to move forward with a human health risk report at the Hollinger Park. Council approved the $40,000 cost last night, after lead, antimony, and arsenic were found in the soil. Environmental Coordinator for Timmins, Scott Tam, says this report is going to determine what the city needs to do from here. He says they want to flush out any risks that are out there; any exposure for city employees or high users of the park. Tam says they are hopeful the report will be finished by the end of the summer, and they will have an action plan in place. He calls it an aggressive approach to the situation.
Mayor Steve Black says the report will look at remedial action, to see what needs to be done to get to zero metal content in the park’s soil. He says the consultant will come back and say the park needs a certain amount of soil as a cap, or it needs to be removed completely with fresh dirt put in.
Council approved the cost, and AMEC Foster Wheeler will go ahead with the study.