Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Environmental Assessment

Project Highlights

Remediation of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Sites

Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board

A three-member Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board monitors and reports on how the Department of Environment is performing as the primary regulator of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Clean-up Project.

The creation of the Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board was announced in January 2007 when an environmental assessment approval was granted to the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency to move forward with the clean-up.

The Minister of Environment appointed Sinclair Dewis, Edwin MacLellan and Colin Hines to the Board. The Chair, Mr. Dewis, is a retired employee from Environment Canada with 35 years of service. Mr. MacLellan teaches engineering at Cape Breton University and Mr. Hines is a Principal with Atlantic Environmental Training and On-Site Services Inc.

The Board must submit a report to the Minister of Environment annually. Copies of the report are available to the public through the contact information below.

Information can be forwarded to the Board at:

Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board
1030 Upper Prince Street, Suite 2
Sydney NS B1P 5P6

Joint Panel Review

In 2006, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Department of Environment and Climate Change established an agreement for a joint panel review of the proposed Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project. The agreement sets out the mandate and authorities of the joint review panel, its composition and project review procedures. The joint review satisfied the requirements of both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Department of Environment and Climate Change Act.

Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment ReportPDF Download Link (PDF:2.8mb)