Vernon, B.C. — Tolko Industries Ltd. (Tolko) has submitted the detailed environmental site investigation report for the former Kelowna mill site to B.C.’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
As previously noted, the third-party investigation at the site encountered a light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) at a test hole located approximately 150 metres away from the lakeshore. Laboratory analysis indicates that this hydrocarbon contamination is consistent with a lubricating oil. This substance was found to be limited to the area around two adjacent test holes. Tolko is planning to have this area remediated in September along with one other small area under the supervision of a third-party Environmental Professional.
The report confirms that there are also a small number of isolated areas that exceed the applicable concentration standards for other contaminants. They are primarily hydrocarbon in nature, do not pose a risk to the surrounding environment, and will be further reviewed and addressed when the future use of the site is determined. Lastly, Tolko will continue to work with our third-party consultant to address a small number of data gaps that have been identified in the report through additional sampling.
These are typical results that one would expect for this type of site, which is large and complex with a long history of industrial activity. Tolko is committed to addressing these contaminants and appreciates the ongoing support and collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.