Earlier this week, a contract valued at $3.8 million was awarded to a Cape Breton company as the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup heads into its peak construction season.

McNally Construction Inc., Port Hawkesbury, was awarded the contract to remove contaminated material from the lower reaches of Coke Ovens Brook from the Victoria Road overpass to Inglis Street, and to build a protective liner along the bottom of the brook. It will join the Coke Ovens Groundwater Collection Treatment System, now being built, to an engineered channel. Work is expected to run from April to October.

In January 2007, the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia committed $400 million to ensure the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup is completed by 2014.

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