Former General Chemical lands sold

By Joel Charron

The former General Chemical building has been sold.

On Monday morning an agreement was announced that a company that is backed by Honeywell Canada will be taking over the contaminated site.

“The progress made is good news for the Town of Amherstburg, its residents and Ontario tax payers,” said Environment ministry spokesman Jim Durham in a press release.

Bankruptcy trustee S. Funtig and Associates received court approval April 7 to proceed with transferring ownership of the site to Amherstburg Land Holdings Ltd., who are affiliated with Honeywell Canada and Honeywell International.

The agreement comes into force when the sale is completed with the new owners. Under this agreement, the new owners will have access to approximately $20.4 million secured under a settlement with the former owners. These funds are being held in trust and managed by the ministry exclusively for site remediation.

Honeywell has a plant which is neighboring the General Chemical lands.

Amherstburg Land Holdings LTD. will be responsible for

developing and implementing a ministry-approved plan for the site, including closing the soda ash settling basin, remediating the former manufacturing plant lands and ongoing environmental monitoring. The ministry will provide close oversight of the periodic release of financial assurance funds as remediation milestones are complete and progress is achieved.

“We commend Amherstburg Land Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates for their leadership and the example they are setting by their commitment to see this project to completion,” said Durham.

The agreement also contains requirements for the new owner to engage with the community and key stakeholders, including the Town of Amherstburg, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

“This community engagement will include seeking input on remediation plans as they are developed and implemented, and timely response to public concerns and questions,” Durham said. “We look forward to working closely and cooperatively with Amherstburg Land Holdings Ltd. to ensure that the remediation of this former industrial site is carried out in a manner that protects both the environment and the health of local residents.”

Comments are closed.