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Lakeside Steel to remove PCB materials

Steel tubing manufacturer will remove about $6 million in PCB materials from Welland facility


February 1, 2011
by The Canadian Press

WELLAND‑Lakeside Steel Inc. will remove the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) materials previously stored at its Welland facility in accordance with the company’s environmental remediation plan.

The company specializes in manufacturing steel pipe and tubing for industrial refrigeration and refinery applications and water well casings.

Polychlorinated biphenyls are a group of about 200 chemicals that share common biological structures but have varying numbers of attached chlorine atoms. PCBs are known to have health and environmental risks and can cause rashes and, in extreme cases, liver damage.

Bennett Environmental has been contracted to remove about 10,500 tonnes of PCB‑impacted material stored in tanks on its property in Welland. The company has funded the project through cash flow and intends to remove the remaining portion of the $5.9 million environmental liability from its balance sheet.

“The completion of this remediation project marks another important step in our continuing efforts to remain environmentally responsible in the operation of our business,” said president and CEO Ron Bedard.