A U.S. brownfield redeveloper has been directed by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) to prepare to clean up the former Marathon Pulp mill on the north shore of Lake Superior.
In a notice posted on Ontario's Environmental Registry, Green Investment Group Inc. (GIGI) of Alton, Illinois has received a director's order from the MOE to begin remediation at the shuttered pulp mill.
Among the remediation plan are the closing an open landfill and bark pile, removing waste wood chips, preparing a demolition plan for all buildings on the mill site and providing financial assurance in the order of $6.8 million.
GIGI reached an agreement with the mill's former owner, Tembec, last November to sell the contaminated property. The mill has been dormant since 2009.
But redevelopment activity could not proceed because the MOE wanted proof that GIGI could take over the liability for any current and future environmental issues.
Green Investment Group is a brownfield redeveloper that takes abandoned and heavy contaminated industrial sites and cleans them up to attract small companies engaged in green business manufacturing such as biofuels and bioenergy.