Sydney Tar Ponds


Sydney, Nova Scotia's infamous "Tar Ponds" contain 700,000 tonnes of toxic sludge, of which 40,000 tonnes are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). To put this figure in perspective, the Tar Ponds contain over 20 times the amount of toxic sludge than New York's infamous Love Canal.

It has been over 20 years since the federal and provincial governments launched a $34 million project to clean up the Tar Ponds. Taxpayers spent $60 million on an incinerator to burn sludge from the ponds, but the piping system to transport the toxic waste didn't work and the project was abandoned. Finally, it was decided to solidify the ponds by pouring cement into the site, in hopes of stabilizing the toxins.

Sierra Club's Cape Breton Group took a leadership role in pushing for recognition of the extent of the health risks posed by the site and demanding a safe clean-up.

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Donkin Coal Mine Community Forum

Come Share Your Concerns, Tell Us Your Values, and Give Recommendations

As part of the environmental assessment for the Donkin Coal Mine, Sierra Club Atlantic invites community members to join us in gathering information about local community values, features in the region that could be impacted by the project, and their recommendations regarding the project.

This information will be used as part of our submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency regarding the project, and will be used by regulators to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts of the project.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm,

WHERE: Port Morien Fire Hall, Port Morien, Nova Scotia

WHY: To gather local information about concerns & possible impacts as a part of the environmental assessment of the Donkin Coal Mine.... Read more »


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