City Outlines Plan To Manage Contaminated Soil at Lansdowne

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CFRA, with files from Stephanie Kinsella

The City's plan to keep contaminated soil on site at Lansdowne Park has Glebe residents seeing red.

The contamination stems from former uses on the site, some dating back decades, and includes heating oil and dry cleaning chemicals.

The City plans to move much of that contaminated soil when the underground parking garage is built, and construct a 'berm,' or man-made hill, near the stadium.

City Environmental Remediation Manager Nancy Horton says taking the soil and creating a berm is something that has been done across the City, and the province, for years.

Residents lined up at a meeting in the Glebe to blast that approach, asking why the City doesn't simply remove the dirt from the park.

A consultant hired by the City says it would take 6,000 dump truck trips to remove all of the contaminated soil, and that would prove riskier than containing some of it on site.

The Ministry of Environment will decide if the plan meets all the necessary health and safety guidelines.