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 Abitibi paper mill at Grand Falls-Windsor.

Abitibi Mill — 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 has received seven, detailed responses.

The call closed Aug. 1.

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.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

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

Geographic location: Abitibi, Grand Falls

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  • newfie out west
    August 26, 2014 - 10:11

    lets make the mha's pay for the screwup, demolition, and cleanup through payroll deductions, besides wasn't it all of them that voted to expropriate Abitibi-bowater assets?

  • newfie out west
    August 26, 2014 - 10:07

    lets make the mha's pay for the screwup, demolition, and cleanup through payroll deductions, besides wasn't it all of them that voted to expropriate Abitibi-bowater assets?

  • Don II
    August 20, 2014 - 17:46

    The hard nosed and corrupt Government of Newfoundland abused its power to improve its popularity with the public when it expropriated Abitibi's private property. According to the gloating Government of Newfoundland at the time back in 2008, Abitibi got what it deserved when the mill was expropriated. The local lobbyists who wanted Abitibi expropriated were pleased. But in the end, it was Abitibi that laughed all the way to the bank. It was Abitibi that left the Government of Newfoundland holding the bag! The Government of Newfoundland got stuck with a pig in a bag! As for the expropriation backfiring on the corrupt Government of Newfoundland, it was the Government of Newfoundland that got what it deserved. The cost of cleaning up and reclaiming the contaminated land around the mill site for future development use would be astronomical. The Harper Government paid Abitibi a huge monetary settlement to avoid a NAFTA challenge. That settlement was hundreds of millions of dollars that the Harper Government will recover from Newfoundland one way or another. Based on the mismanaged Abitibi expropriation, it should be no surprise to anyone that the Government of Newfoundland is 10 Billion dollars in debt and climbing!