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Consultant: City Harbour Contaminated

Owen Sound | by Matt Villeneuve  

MP Larry Miller disagrees with report; worries it could slow harbour dredging process.

The Conservative MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen-Sound is refuting a consultant's recommendation that suggests Owen Sound's harbour should not be dredged because it contains contaminated sediment.

In a report, Dillon Consulting provides a detailed chemical analysis of the harbour floor, which it confirms is contaminated by a variety of compounds.

MP Larry Miller tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he's "not going to challenge the technical parts" of the report, but he questions the final recommendation.

Miller says other harbours such as Toronto and Hamilton have been used for industry for decades, and no one is suggesting those ports shouldn't be maintained.

The Tory concedes "this may be a wrench in the wheel", but he'll continue to push for the Owen Sound harbour to be dredged, although it may increase the costs.

According to Miller, the report was commissioned by Transport Canada.

Miller says he's already spoken with Transport Minister Lisa Raitt -- reiterating why it's imperative to have the harbour dredged in the near future.

One of the major concerns is that the report could create more complications.

As an example, Miller tells us a divestiture agreement could be come forward this year, but based on the Dillon Consulting firm's recommendation -- the actual dredging process could be further delayed.

Miller is adamant the report is not a reflection of Transport Canada or Minister Raitt's views on the dredging of the Owen Sound Harbour.

The MP will meet with Scenic City Mayor Deb Haswell and Grey County officials to discuss the issue.




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