08/14/2013 04:53 EDT | Updated 10/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Remediation of Newfoundland waste disposal site enters final phase

NEW HARBOUR, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government says it's ready to move ahead with the final phase of remediating a former waste disposal facility on the Avalon Peninsula.

Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson says an assessment of human health and ecological risks at the site in New Harbour is now complete.

Hedderson says the government is confident it has addressed any concerns and eliminated any potential risks to human or environmental health.

The site was closed to dumping in 2009.

The government has spent $1.8 million over the past three years on the remediation project.

The last phase includes installing a cap to isolate and contain any PCB-impacted soil.

A tender will soon be issued for the final phase, with the project expected to wrap up by the end of the year.