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August 22, 2008
Murray Road area clean up completed today
The City of Toronto’s intensive clean up of the neighbourhood surrounding the site of the August 10 propane explosion is expected to be completed by the end of today. Crews will return to the neighbourhood tomorrow to complete one final visual inspection of the area.

“I continue to be impressed by the coordinated effort that has made this clean up possible,” said Mayor David Miller. “To complete a clean up of this magnitude within a week is a testament to the dedication and coordination of the crews involved and the incredible patience and cooperation of the residents.”

Since the clean up began on Saturday, August 16, the City has led the effort, working with consultants Pinchin Environmental and ECOH Management, as well as environmental clean up crews from HAZCO, RBG and Quantum Murray LP.

By the end of today, the exterior of approximately 580 homes will be cleaned and visually assessed. In addition to these homes, the Ancaster Community Centre area, schools and the church yard were also cleaned and visually assessed. The final visual assessment of the area will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow and be completed by noon the same day.

“I am pleased with the City’s efforts to quickly and properly clean up the impacted residential properties,” said Ontario Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen. “Ministry staff have been working closely with the City and have been present during the clean up. The City’s effective work and commitment is what we had expected of Sunrise Propane.”

By Monday, August 25, indoor air quality tests will have been completed in more than 38 homes, throughout the neighbourhood. All test results received to-date have shown levels below acceptable Ontario government standards. Tests are posted on the City’s website as soon as possible.

After crews complete their final visual check of the area, any residents who have concerns or believe they have any debris from the explosion on their property, should contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.

For updates as more information becomes available, visit the City’s website at

Media contacts:
Cheryn Thoun, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6501 (cell);
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-200-3660 (cell)



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