The pollution scourge of 1866 was…sawdust
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By Randy Boswell, Ottawa Citizen, December 28, 2016

The high cost of cleaning up the contaminated Chaudière Islands before the $1.2-billion Zibi property development can proceed is a story almost 200 years in the making.

Windmill Development and its partners are seeking some $60 million in public funds to rehabilitate these historic brownfields just upstream from Parliament Hill. To make matters more complicated, it’s all part of a swath of downtown Ottawa freshly re-claimed by Quebec-based Algonquin people.

“This site has been industrial for up to 200 years, so there is a real range of contaminants present,” Windmill executive Jeff Westeinde told the Citizen recently.