Contractors interested in mill demolition

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Province to review proposals in the next month

Contractors have lined up for the job of tearing down the buildings at the site of the former AbitibiBowater paper mill at Grand Falls-Windsor

The province has received seven responses to a tender to demolish buildings at the shuttered AbbitibiBowater paper mill site in Grand Falls-Windsor.
— Advertiser file photo

According to a spokeswoman with the provincial Department of Transportation and Works, a call by the province for proposals for demolition work at the site — having closed Aug. 1 — has received seven, detailed responses.

The contractors who have indicated a willingness to complete the work, despite costly and technical considerations like asbestos in the buildings, are all “companies with extensive experience,” The Telegram was told.

The mill at Grand Falls-Windsor, operated for 100 years, beginning in 1909. It was under the control of AbitibiBowater, before being expropriated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a result of that action, and a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012, it was determined the province would be liable for any environmental remediation required at the site.

Transportation and Works Minister Nick McGrath has said the province has seen an immediate need to deal with the buildings and their remaining contents.

Contractor proposals in response to the province’s recent call will be reviewed over the coming month.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, Supreme Court of Canada

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  • Don Shea
    August 20, 2014 - 21:51

    The building is only the tip of the iceberg. The land under it will be polluted for the next 100 yrs. Even with bore holes ,filtration and observation wells. You are looking at about 600 wells on site and constant monitoring. I know ,been there, done that.