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suncorInformation for the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community

Friday, August 9, 2013

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In cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment, we proactively began sampling activity a few weeks ago along the Vidal St. ditch beyond our plant in order to gain a better underssssding of the potential impact surface water run-off has on ditch water during a prolonged rain event.

As part of this activity, ditch water samples drawn during a recent storm revealed the presence of benzene at two locations near an existing remediation site established in 2006. Ditch water upstream and downstream of the remediation site did not indicate any benzene levels. Benzene levels in the two affected samples did not exceed levels described in the interim Provincial Water Quality Objective of 100 ppb.

Upon receiving these results Wednesday evening, we immediately notified Aamjiwnaang officials and the Ministry of the Environment and then closed the ditch sluice gate at the south end of our property to capture ditch water for processing through the plant’s waste water treatment facility. In addition to closing the ditch sluice gate, we mobilized pumps and vacuum trucks to help safely process the ditch water.

The Ministry of the Environment was on-site yesterday (Thursday, August 8th) to review our short-term plan for protecting the ditch water and is supportive of our plan to install engineered clay berms north, south and east of the impacted area. This will isolate the impacted area in order to:
1) ensure contaminated water does not migrate out of that area and
2) allow for a manageable volume of contaminated water to be captured and diverted to the refinery for treatment.

We are proceeding immediately with installation of the berms, along with pumps and hoses to divert clean water around the impacted area. Pumps and hoses will also be employed to capture and process all contaminated water from inside the bermed area.

It is important to execute this work quickly and re-open the sluice gate as the refinery waste water treatment facility is not designed with enough capacity to safely treat all rainwater that falls east of the refinery. Exceeding the capacity of the waste water treatment plan could cause an impact to the St. Clair River.

We will carry out regular monitoring through water samples to ensure the impacted area continues to remain isolated. Again, samples indicated that contaminated water was not detected south of the remediation site; therefore, this sampling is an extra precaution.

We acknowledge that this is an important issue to the Aamjiwnaang community and want to assure you that it is important to us as well. We remain committed to understanding and addressing this issue as quickly and effectively as possible. We will continue to keep Aamjiwnaang leadership and the Environment Committee informed as we move forward.

If you have any questions, please contact: Jennifer Johnson - Advisor, Communications and Stakeholder Relations at: 519-346-2419

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Talfourd Creek Awareness Day - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
" Let’s gather together around the Creek "

3PM to 6PM @ BEAR PARK!
BBQ at 5PM
DOOR PRIZES

The Talfourd Creek Awareness Day will allow for community members to see what habitats and species are in the Talfourd Creek
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