It’s been a long time coming, but Vale’s long-dormant Iron Ore Recovery Plant off Fielding Road in Copper Cliff is finally going to be taken down. No longer home to peregrine falcons, which had been using the derelict building to raise their young in recent years, the building is expected to be levelled by the end of 2018.
“The demolition actually started last August,” said Vale spokeswoman Angie Robson. “It will be completed by the end of the year.” Built in the mid 1950s to recover iron from waste material that had gone through the smelting process at the nearby Copper Cliff Smelter, the Iron Ore Recovery Plant ceased operating in the late 1980s.
Robson said the contractor doing the demolition work will use fire hoses to control dust control. It will also have air-monitoring devices on site.
Robson said the Iron Ore Recovery Plant smokestack, which is being used in connection with the Nickel Refinery complex, will be all that will remains once demolition work is finished.
Vale had been looking to dismantle the building in recent years, but held back due to the discovery of nesting peregrine falcons — at one time, an endangered species in Ontario — living there. The peregrine falcon has since had its status downgraded to “species of special concern.”
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