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GMF Supports Quinte West’s Remediation Plan

By Water Canada 11:15AM February 03, 2009

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The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has announced a $227,750 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the City of Quinte West. The City is using funds to conduct a field test to determine the optimal treatment system to remediate the city-owned Murata Erie North America historical property.

The City of Quinte West will conduct a field test to remediate an historical property on its shoreline and turn it into a community waterfront park incorporating a constructed wetland, hiking trails and educational and interpretive measures. The site is a former manufacturing facility 3.08 hectares in size and located within 300 metres of the Bay of Quinte. Now City-owned, data indicates that volatile organic compounds from the site are reaching the Bay.

A remedial options study was conducted and several possible solutions were considered, the best being to install between six and 10 groundwater pumping wells along the shoreline to create a barrier. Water pumped and collected will receive preliminary treatment on site, then it will be pumped into an infiltration gallery, similar to a “weeping system” used at most rural properties to treat waste water.

In order to accelerate the rate of remediation, several leading-edge remedial technologies, including biostimulation and chemical oxidation techniques, will be identified and integrated into the treatment system infiltration gallery. The field test will define the final treatment system design for the site.

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