Thursday, May 3, 2012

Update on Calgary Metal Recycling incident

Update: May 6, 11:30 p.m.

Approximately 75% of the material has now been relocated to adjacent sites, or cooled. Ogden Road SE will continue to be closed, except to local traffic, until the operation is complete. The City is forecasting this work will continue until midweek.

While today’s clear sky allowed most smoke to rise and dissipate quickly, some odour may be noticeable in the area depending on the wind direction. It is important to note that despite the odour, air quality is still testing well within acceptable levels.

The City of Calgary continues to monitor the situation at Calgary Metal Recycling. There have been no significant flare ups and progress is being made to reduce the hot piles on site. 

Update: May 5, 9 p.m.

Today’s snowfall conditions supported cooling efforts and minimized dust and odour. Air quality at and around the site continues to be monitored and air quality remains at acceptable levels.

More than half of the original smouldering pile has been cooled and moved to an adjacent site. There has not been any significant flare-ups to date.

The City of Calgary, along with multiple agency partners, continue to monitor and attend to the smouldering fire at Calgary Metal Recycling at 3415 Ogden Road S.E.

Ogden Road from Bonnybrook Road to 38 Ave S.E. remains closed. This closure is anticipated to remain in place over the weekend and into next week. There continues to be access to local business traffic entering from Ogden Road North. Transit detours for routes 24 and 302 remain in effect.

We thank all Calgarians for their patience as we continue to work together to resolve the situation.

Update: May 4, 5:30 p.m.

The City of Calgary, along with multiple agency partners, continue to monitor and attend to the smouldering fire at Calgary Metal Recycling at 3415 Ogden Road S.E.

Ogden Road from Bonnybrook Road to 38 Ave S.E. remains closed. This closure is anticipated to remain in place throughout the rest of the week and over the weekend. There continues to be access to local business traffic entering from Ogden Road North. Transit detours for routes 24 and 302 remain in effect.

Last night a barrier was erected around a portion of the incident site consisting of clay and water tubing. This is a proactive measure to mitigate risks associated with a water response to address any flare ups. So, far flare ups at the site have been minimal.

To date we have greatly reduced the size of the original smouldering pile. Two and a half days into moving cooled material to an adjacent site, we are now dealing with a pile approximately half the size. A hole approximately 4-6M in diameter is currently being created in an attempt to reach the base of the pile to determine the extent and the intensity of the heated material. Some dust and smoke has been created as a result of the digging down toward the base of the pile resulting in the uncovering of “hot spots.” There has not been any significant flare-ups to date.

Although there is dust and some smoke, air quality on and around the site continues to be monitored and air quality is currently at acceptable levels.

Update: May 3, 5 p.m.

The City of Calgary, along with multiple agency partners, continue to monitor and attend to the smouldering fire at Calgary Metal Recycling at 3415 Ogden Road S.E.

Ogden Road from Bonnybrook Road to 38 Ave S.E. remains closed. This closure is anticipated to remain in place throughout the rest of the week and over the weekend. Transit detours for routes 24 and 302 remain in effect.

The closure on Ogden Road S.E. is to facilitate the removal of debris from the fire site to an adjacent vacant lot as quickly and safely as possible. Transferring the “cooled” debris off site allows for operations to search for and address “hot” spots underneath.Work is on-going 24 hours. Yesterday alone, more than 45,000 tonnes of cooled matter was moved off the fire site.

Another significant operational objective being undertaken today is to build a barrier around a portion of the incident site as a precaution in the instance that a large amount of water is needed to deal with any flare ups. This will reduce the potential for street and business flooding. As well, this will allow for the capture and transfer of any water used for firefighting operations.

Air quality on and around the site continues to be monitored and air quality is currently at acceptable levels.

The Municipal Emergency Plan was activated Sunday, April 29 to ensure resources are in place to continually monitor and assess the situation. The Calgary Fire Department remains in command of this incident, working with several agencies, including: Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Environment, Customer Service & Communications, Roads, Calgary Police Services, Infrastructure Information Services, Alberta Health Services, Water, as well as building owners and contractors.

We thank all Calgarians for their patience as we continue to work together to resolve the situation.

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