UPDATE: City putting final touches to notice prohibiting work on tank project

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The waterfront tanks under construction in Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario - City hall is putting the final touches to a notice that is expected to go out to all parties soon connected with a chemical tank project on Cornwall's waterfront, advising them of a bylaw prohibiting the work.

City CAO Norm Levac said Wednesday morning the notice is nearly complete.

"I know they've been working on it," he said.

Seaway News has been attempting to contact Transport Canada officials for more than a day to get reaction to the city's decision Monday night to pass a bylaw that requires work on the site on Harbour Road to cease.

Pamela Mintern, a spokesperson for the agency, said data is still being collected before a statement is issued.

"We want to get it right, with as much information as we can provide," she said Wednesday afternoon.

Transport Canada signed a lease with a private firm this fall to allow for the construction of a pair of calcium chloride tanks on Cornwall's waterfront where an oil tank farm once stood.

Calcium chloride is used to melt ice on roadways, among other things.

The firm, Trillium Distribution, has refused to comment on this story.

Critics suggest the project will bar further develpoment of the waterfront area as a recreation and residential area.

Organizations: Transport Canada

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Harbour Road Great Lakes Basin

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