As a result of past operations at the Baie-Comeau Smelter, marine sediment in Anse du Moulin, located in Baie des Anglais, were contaminated by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). In recent years, Baie-Comeau experts have consulted stakeholders to determine the best rehabilitation strategy and complete an environmental and social impact study. In 2015, the Baie-Comeau Smelter received government approval to rehabilitate the sediment in Anse du Moulin. This $35 million project will start in Fall 2016 and continue until 2019. Some of the sediment will be covered and some will be dredged and stored in holding cells.
During maintenance work at the Baie-Comeau Smelter’s port facilities, which was completed in the fall of 2012, Alcoa took care to protect the local whale population by halting work whenever these impressive creatures were spotted approaching the pier. Workers kept a close watch so they could stop noise-generating activity whenever a whale came to within less than 2,000 feet (600 meters) of shore. They even used a night vision camera to watch for whales in order to extend the normal work day on the project. Work was also halted during periods of fog, since it was impossible to spot the whales. Team members were pleased to protect the whales while completing their maintenance work.