The work is progressing on a 139 million dollar project that will lead to the delisting of Hamilton Harbour as an environmental “area of concern”.
Project officials say pile driving has been completed, and a double wall is now being built around a six hectare steel box that will contain the toxic remnants of decades of coal gasification and steel production.
Jon Gee, of Environment and Climate Change Canada, adds that construction of the containment facility will be followed by hydraulic dredging, compacting and capping of the sludge at Randle Reef.
The entire project is to be completed in 2022.
Gee is optimistic that will bring the harbour back to a more “natural state”, as vegetation, fish and wildlife gradually return.