Dozens of scientists, engineers, and technical specialists from three environmental engineering firms say the Tar Ponds cleanup project will have no significant negative effects on the environment. “Construction practices identified in the report can successfully manage all potential negative effects of the project,” said Gregory Gillis, senior project manager with AMEC Earth and Environmental, lead firm in the consortium that produced the environmental impact statement. Mr. Gillis spoke at a technical briefing, today, Jan. 3, on the environmental impact statement prepared for the joint panel review of the cleanup project. In addition AMEC, two other environmental consulting firms, Jacques Whitford and ADI Ltd., contributed to the report. “This is a very reassuring report,” said Frank Potter, the Sydney native who became acting CEO of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency on Jan. 1. “It confirms that the impact of the cleanup will be overwhelmingly positive. It will make Sydney a better place to live, work, play, and invest.” The seven-volume, 3,000-page report is available on the agency’s website at www.TarPondsCleanup.ca . The agency has also released a 27-page summary in plain language. Copies of the plain language summary are available by calling 567-1035, or by e-mailing [email protected] The public has until Thursday, Feb. 16, to comment on the environmental impact statement. Comments should be addressed to the Joint Panel Review, P.O. Box 431, Sydney, N.S. B1P 6G9.