ESAA Weekly News – Week ending December 3rd, 2021

AER finalizes new requirements to manage oil and gas liability

December 1, 2021… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has finalized new requirements to manage oil and gas liability. The introduction of these new tools marks a major milestone for Alberta in implementing a new approach to manage liability in the province.

“The Government of Alberta has given us the tools we need to begin to move the needle on liability in Alberta,” said AER President and CEO Laurie Pushor. “With these new requirements, we’re pushing industry to clean up their sites sooner and ensuring the cost and responsibility of the clean-up rests on the shoulders of industry – where it should be.”

The AER’s new Directive 088: Licensee Life-Cycle Management is now in effect and introduces new requirements to better identify if companies have the means to clean up throughout the life of their projects. The directive includes the following:

  • A holistic assessment of the licensee: considers more than 40 different factors, including those listed in section 4.5 of Directive 067, and the licensee capability assessment, which includes the remaining lifespan of the resource, the company’s financial and liability risk, and the company’s administrative, operational, and closure performance.
  • Inventory reduction program: sets mandatory industry-wide closure spend targets (including a target of $422 million in 2022) and company-specific targets to complete closure work.
  • Licensee management program: identifies companies at risk of not being able to meet their responsibilities, including site cleanup, and intervenes when necessary to ensure their obligations are addressed.
 

The new directive strengthens the AER’s application requirements for transferring oil and gas licences between companies. Going forward, applications to transfer licences will trigger a holistic assessment of both companies by the AER to ensure the receiving company can safely operate the infrastructure and reclaim it when it is no longer in use.

With these new requirements, the AER can also require a company to pay security at any point during the life cycle of energy development to ensure the cost of closing infrastructure remains with industry. The AER is also working on a new approach to collecting security that will replace existing requirements.  Additional details on the new approach will be shared in 2022.

“Historically, liability has not been managed sufficiently to slow the growth of inactive sites, and requirements have been largely reactive – coming in at the end of development,” said David Hardie, AER’s director of liability management. “The programs we are introducing now apply throughout the entire life cycle, which allows us to proactively identify potential issues, develop timely solutions, and increase closure work done at all stages of development.”

In June, the AER released a draft version of Directive 088 for feedback. A summary of the feedback received is available on our website.

The AER ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.

Background

As of November 2021, the AER regulates

  • 156 926 active wells,
  • 95 524 inactive wells,
  • 76 372 decommissioned (“abandoned”) wells,
  • 92 205 reclamation certified wells, and
  • 36 758 reclamation certificate exempt wells.
 

In 2020, industry closed 6503 wells and 625 facilities while 2666 sites were reclamation certified by the AER. In addition, 61 companies participated in the AER’s voluntary Area Based Closure Program in 2020, representing $291 million in closure work.

In April 2021, the AER released a new edition of Directive 067, which increases the scrutiny the AER can apply when determining if a company has the financial capacity to hold a licence and properly close their energy infrastructure.

The release of these requirements is the latest step taken by the AER to implement the Government of Alberta’s Liability Management Framework. Visit the AER’s website to learn more about liability management, well classification, and how wells are suspended.

 

New Requirements and Guidance Related to Liability Management

Today we released Directive 088: Licensee Life-Cycle Management and Manual 023: Licensee Life-Cycle Management. The new directive and manualreplace requirements and guidance in Bulletins 2016-10, 2016-16, and 2016-21. We have also madeamendments to Directive 006: Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program and Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells. These new and revised documents come into effect today. The Oil and Gas Conservation Rules and Pipeline Rules have been changed to include the new directive and reflect the new title of Directive 006.

Directive 088

The new directive supports the Government of Alberta’s new Liability Management Framework and is enabled by rule changes announced in Bulletin 2020-26.

This directive

  • introduces a holistic assessment of a licensee’s capabilities and performance across the energy development life cycle, which will be supported by the licensee capability assessment (LCA);
  • introduces the Licensee Management Program, which determines how licensee management will occur across the energy development life cycle;
  • introduces the Inventory Reduction Program, which sets mandatory closure spend targets for closure activities and spends by licensees;
  • updates application requirements related to the licence transfer process; and
  • describes the first phase of improvements to security collection as the AER transitions to a broader security framework to replace liability management rating (LMR) security collection outlined in Directive 006.
 

A draft of this directive was released for public feedback on June 8, 2021 (see Bulletin 2021-22). A summary of the feedback, including our responses, is available on the directive’s webpage.

Manual 023

Through the process of responding to public feedback on the draft directive, we decided to create a manual to provide further information.

Amendments to Directive 006

As we continue to implement the new Liability Management Framework, further revisions will be made to Directive 006 in phases as we transition away from the Licensee Liability Rating Program and implement the programs outlined in Directive 088. We will continue to use the LMR ratio as described in Directive 006, except for circumstances outlined in Directive 088. In this first phase, requirements around licence transfer applications are moved from Directive 006 to Directive 088. Subsequent phases will include additional changes to Directive 006 and other AER directives related to liability management (e.g., Directive 001, Directive 011, Directive 024, Directive 068, and Directive 075).

Amendments to Directive 013

We removed references to AER-approved closure plans from sections 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 of Directive 013 regarding the ability to use option 3 to suspend or inspect medium-risk type 6 wells and replaced them with new requirements related to the mandatory closure spend targets established in Directive 088.

Current Transfer Applications

Due to the significant change in application requirements for transfers and how applications will be assessed, any applications for transfer of licences submitted to the AER but not yet dispositioned as of December 1, 2021, will be closed and returned, and companies may reapply under the new requirements. This is to ensure completeness of the applications and consistency, fairness, and efficiency. We will directly notify each applicant and any statement of concern filers affected by this process.

Information Sessions

We will host information sessions in early 2022 to ensure that all those who are affected by the new directive, as well as those are interested in learning more, are aware of the new requirements. A general overview of Directive 088 will be given on January 25 for industry and February 3 for other stakeholders and Indigenous communities. Sessions that outline the specific details of new processes and requirements for licensees will be held on February 8 for the licensee capability assessment, February 10 for the transfer process and security, and February 16 for the inventory reduction program. Registration for each session is now open through our events page.

More information on our various liability management programs is available on our website, www.aer.ca >  Regulating Development > Project Closure > Liability Management Programs and Processes. If you have any questions about the new directive, manual, or amendments to the directives, please contact LiabilityManagement@aer.ca.

Hiring Support & Resources To Grow Your Organization

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Extension into January given for Westar Landfill to report on remediation process

 

(Source: Medicine Hat News) Eight years after a fire at the Westar Landfill, a reporting date on remediating the site east of Medicine Hat has been extended for several weeks.

The Alberta Environmental Appeals board told the News this month that since both parties are actively negotiating, a three-year deadline that eclipsed on Wednesday had been extended until January 2022.

Officials with Alberta Environment and Parks stated the ministry continues to “work closely with Westar to resolve this issue.”

“Currently, Westar has fulfilled many of its commitments related to the environmental protection order requirements, and Alberta Environment and Parks continues to work directly with them on addressing the remaining requirements,” read a statement.

No other information is being released.

The landfill near the junction of highways 41 and 41A burned for six weeks in late 2013, sending up black smoke that hung over the area and Medicine Hat as fire crews dug out the burning refuse and pumped in 6,000 gallons of water per minute.

Residents from 16 nearby residences were evacuated, and Cypress County officials said the total effort, including the hiring a specialized firefighting company, cost about $2 million.

No charges were laid, but an Environmental Protection Order was issued requiring watering monitoring, an engineering plan to remediate the site, and that Westar initially secure the waste material and plan to eventually return it to the pit.

In 2016, Alberta Environment officials told the News the landfill’s owners were working toward meeting requirements of the order. Immediate concerns had been resolved and there was no imminent risk to the public.

However, the file has remained open after reporting date extensions from 2015 to 2018, and then most recently to Nov. 30, 2021.

The News attempted to contact Westar and its officials, but all contact information appears to be out of date.

Alberta Recycling Management Authority Welcomes New Incoming Chair – Brad Pickering

The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) will welcome a new Board Chair on January 1, 2022, as Caroline McAuley steps down after serving for four years.

“Caroline McAuley’s leadership over the past four years has been integral in ARMA’s dedication to environmental leadership,” states ARMA CEO Ed Gugenheimer. “Her efforts in collaboration with the entire Board led our organization towards its new vision and mission of “Inspiring A Future Without Waste.”

During McAuley’s term, her list of accomplishments were many and included the initiation to transition the Board from an operational to strategic governance model, leading the development of the organization’s new strategic plan and vision and mission, and elevated its industry engagement and relations efforts through her representation at the national level with Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies and National Used Oil Material & Antifreeze Advisory Council.

“These past four years serving as ARMA’s Board Chair were incredibly busy years of growth and transition for the organization,” states McAuley. “It resulted in ARMA reaching important milestones that sets Alberta up to continue being innovative leaders in the recycling sector and the burgeoning circular economy; work that I am very proud of being a part of and would not have been possible without the support and collaboration of my fellow Board members.”

Additionally, McAuley was integral in guiding the expansion of electronics, the seamless amalgamation and onboarding of the Used Oil Recycling Program completed late 2020 and enhancing the sustainability of the paint and tire recycling programs to ensure they keep pace with market costs and trends.

“Now, as ARMA approaches its 30th Anniversary in mid-2022, we welcome Brad Pickering as our new Chair and look forward to his leadership as we continue working towards building a circular economy for the province of Alberta” said Gugenheimer.

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Cermaq Canada fined $500,000 for B.C. diesel spill

A provincial court judge handed down the sentence to Cermaq Canada on Tuesday, following the company’s guilty plea to a charge under the Fisheries Act of unlawfully depositing a deleterious substance into Raleigh Passage.

Crown prosecutors had asked for a $1.4 million fine for Cermaq, a subsidiary of an international aquaculture firm owned by Mitsubishi.

However, Judge Catherine Crockett chose to slash that recommended amount by nearly two-thirds, writing that there was no proven harm to wildlife and Cermaq has accepted full responsibility.

“I conclude that the consequences of this incident to Cermaq to date, including the monetary cost and damage to its reputation, go a long way to impress upon Cermaq the need to ensure its systems and training are sufficient to prevent similar offences in the future,” she wrote in her reasons for sentence.

“Nevertheless, I must impose a fine in keeping with Cermaq’s corporate size and relative financial means, so the fine could not be seen by Cermaq, or other companies that operate in the marine environment, as simply the cost of doing business.”

The spill began on March 4, 2017, when an employee of the salmon farming operation was transferring fuel from a main storage tank to a smaller tank.

According to the sentencing decision, the worker ignored the company’s posted instructions about how to complete this transfer and used a rope to hold the fuelling nozzle so the diesel would keep flowing. He then left the area to take care of other duties.

Despite a reminder from his supervisor, the worker didn’t shut off the fuel pump that evening, and both of them went to bed while the diesel was still transferring. At some point during the night, the smaller tank overflowed and the fuel began running into the ocean.

The spill was only discovered when the supervisor woke up at 4 a.m. and smelled gas.

Estimates for how much diesel overflowed range between 522 and 550 litres. Cermaq spent about $885,000 on cleanup efforts.

No farmed salmon were killed in the spill, and tests showed there was no impact on their health, the decision says. All the fish on site were eventually processed and sold.

A scientist who testified for the court said the greatest risk from the spill would have been to herring roe, but overall the judge concluded the harm to sea life in the area was low.

Since the spill, Cermaq has updated procedures at its fish farms to prevent similar incidents and brought in a consultant to review its fuel handling policies, Crockett wrote.

Her sentence also includes an order for the company to post her decision on its website for 90 days.

The salmon farming operation where the spill happened, near the Burdwood Group Islands, has since been decommissioned.

 

Opportunities in Wellsite Reclamation: Driving Collaboration

Opportunities in Wellsite Reclamation: Driving Collaboration – an online seminar for Indigenous opportunity seekers, the energy industry and service providers.

✅ Learn about work and business opportunities related to wellsite reclamation, as well as the education and support programs for those interested in pursuing opportunities.

✅ Hear about successful mentorship and relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers, as well as tips for entrepreneurs.

✅ Examples will highlight the importance of integrating Indigenous traditional knowledge into environmental management decisions.

The seminar is hosted by InnoTech Alberta, Acden and Vertex Resource Group Ltd. with support from Prairies Economic Development Canada I Développement économique Canada pour les Prairies.

Access the seminar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhz-V0ON1ZQ

 

The Best in Brownfields: Announcing the Brownie Awards 2021 Winners

(Source: EnvironmentJournal.ca)  The best that Canada has to offer in the redevelopment of brownfield properties across the country were honoured as part of the 22nd Annual Brownie Awards, presented by Actual Media in collaboration with the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN). The event was held last night at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Toronto.

Dedicated to the rehabilitation and revitalization of sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped, the Brownie Awards provide annual recognition and celebration of brownfield projects, policies, and innovators across the country. These renewed residential and commercial projects contribute to the growth and resilient recovery of healthy cities and communities.

This year, the Brownie Awards committee, composed of a range of senior-level industry stakeholders, introduced the new award category of Refocus in order to highlight the efforts of brownfield projects or programs that demonstrate alignment with broader social initiatives and mandates.

“The redevelopment of brownfields provides important economic and environmental opportunities to create cleaner, safer, and more socially vibrant communities,” said Christopher De Sousa, chair of the Brownie Awards jury and past president of the board of directors of the CBN. “We’re proud to honour this year’s well-deserving award finalists, and to celebrate their outstanding achievements at this year’s Brownie Awards gala.”

Master of Ceremonies Todd Latham, president of Actual Media and a founder of the Brownie Awards, kicked off the event with a welcome back to the post-pandemic, in-person format, and reflected on the evolution of the industry.

“Tonight, we once again celebrate the best in the redevelopment and rehabilitation of ‘sites with personalities’ across Canada,” said Latham. “The industry has grown from that first year in 2000 with a handful of local speakers who were given recognition for just understanding what a brownfield was. Now we bring together hundreds of the industry’s champions for this annual celebration.”

Latham also acknowledged the important participation of the esteemed judging panel: Krista Barfoot of Stantec; Benoit Dion of Sanexen; Carla Guerrera of Purpose Driven Development & Planning; Meggen Janes of Geosyntec; Pam Kraft of the Toronto Transit Commission; Glenn Miller of the Canadian Urban Institute; Monisha Nandi of the Kilmer Brownfield Mgmt Ltd.; Pauline Pingusson of the Green Municipal Fund at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Eric Pringle of Milestone Environmental Contracting; Dianne Saxe of Saxe Facts and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario; and, Grant Walsom of XCG Consulting.

 

Keynote speakers Michelle Ackerman, project director with Kilmer Infrastructure, and Matthew Hickey, lead architect with Two Row Architects, provided a project overview of a unique Indigenous development of Waterfront Toronto, delving into details on the project partnership approach, overcoming challenges through development and design, community benefits of the project, and an important focus on the integration of Indigenous design principles and partnerships.

The Brownie Awards 2021 champions honoured this year include the following:

REPROGRAM: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

2020 Community Improvement Plan – St. Catharines, Ontario

The City of St. Catharines has one of the oldest community improvement plans in the Province of Ontario. The City of St. Catharines Community Improvement Plan (2020CIP) is a set of financial incentive programs offered by the municipality to the private sector, to help offset a portion of project costs related to redevelopment, reuse, and rehabilitation of the built environment and brownfield remediation.

 

REMEDIATE: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

Marwell Tar Pit Remediation – Whitehorse, Yukon       

The Marwell Tar Pit, located in an industrial area adjacent to the downtown core of Whitehorse was the largest single‐source hydrocarbon contaminated site in the Yukon. In the 1940s, it was used as a disposal location for waste tar generated from a decommissioned World War II oil refinery and later as an unpermitted dump site for liquid wastes remaining exposed until the early 1960s when it was capped with gravel and cleaned up to commercial/industrial standards. Remediation involved an innovative cost-effective environmental soil treatment called enhanced thermal conduction.

REINVEST: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project– Hamilton, Ontario

The Randle Reef Remediation project is an example of successful partnership and collaboration to move economic and ecological regeneration of a contaminated brownfield site forward through to cleanup. As the largest contaminated sediment remediation project in the Canadian Great Lakes, funding for it took shape through a shared vision to regenerate the harbour and agreement by multiple parties to contribute to the projected $139 million cost of the remediation.

REFOCUS: Alternative Benefits to Brownfield Remediation

150 Harrison Street Modular Housing Initiative – Toronto, Ontario

The project property is the location of a former police station. Given the presence of known contaminants, the project and design team assembled specifically included environmental consultants to ensure the modular housing development plan including identifying an approach that would fully address the contamination issues but also allow the project to be completed as quickly as possible. This brownfield development involved employing innovative modular construction techniques, resulting in the construction of a three-storey building containing multiple units offer support services to provide permanent, affordable housing to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

REBUILD: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

Tower Automotive Building Adaptive Re-Use/Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)– Toronto, Ontario

The Auto Building was the subject of numerous development schemes prior to the decade during which it was vacant. A high level of public concern surrounded the site, and there was significant community interest in seeing a commercially viable solution that would also offer housing, employment, and amenity to the Lower Junction community. This project serves as a model for other architects and developers, whether working with vestigial industrial buildings or new-build structures, in the application and interpretation of municipal guidelines for preserving employment land and significant heritage assets.

RENEW: Development at the Community Scale

Historical North Vancouver Shipyards– North Vancouver, British Columbia

Activities from historical use as a shipyard produced metal and hydrocarbon contamination on a waterfront site in North Vancouver which required a multi-year environmental clean-up to bring the brownfield site up to numerical standards with removal of contaminated soil and risk assessments to protect human health and the environment to prepare the site for redevelopment.  The area has transformed into a vibrant residential area around the site and residents are able to utilize the various restaurants, cafes, shops, and public spaces that offer outdoor seating and year-round programming.

REACH OUT: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

Arbutus Greenway Design Vision and Implementation Strategy – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Arbutus Greenway Design Vision envisions the transformation of a 9km decommissioned rail corridor compromising 42 acres of open space into a destination which fosters movement and rich social interaction inspired by nature and the stories of the places it connects. By planning for a streetcar, the greenway makes way for future transit investment and transit supportive land uses in some of Vancouver’s lowest density neighbourhoods. When the design vision is realized, the greenway will make space for native planting, songbird and pollinator habitat, rainwater management, rolling and walking, and a series of public space destinations.

BEST SMALL PROJECT

Richards Complete Streets – Vancouver, British Columbia

Richards Street is Vancouver’s first example of a blue-green system, an eight-block system that incorporates rainwater tree trenches and permeable pavement alongside an all ages and abilities separated bike lane.  This blue-green system adds more than 100 new street trees that help manage and treat 15 million liters of rainwater runoff annually, diverting 11 million liters of urban rainwater from the sewers each year.

 

 

BEST LARGE PROJECT

Environmental Remediation of the Turcot Site – Montreal, Quebec

Stemming from a complex contamination heritage, an incredible volume of 3.2 million cubic meters of contaminated soils was remediated, from which a vast majority was kept safely on-site through a risk-assessment approach. While maintaining a daily traffic of an average of 300,000 vehicles, the construction crew rebuilt four interchanges and 145 km of roadways including bike paths creating additional space for public transit, pedestrian transportation, and green space.

BEST OVERALL PROJECT

Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project: Treatment Technology Evaluation Program– Toronto, Ontario

The treatment technology evaluation program for this brownfield project was part of a larger initiative to unlock 356 hectares of contaminated land for transformation into a vibrant mixed-use community in close proximity to Toronto’s core. The program involved the selection, assessment, and documentation of 11 innovative technologies which have the potential to be part of the ultimate remedial action plan for the Port Lands project as well as other brownfield redevelopment sites across Canada.

BROWNFIELDER OF THE YEAR: Monisha Nandi

Monisha Nandi won the prestigious Brownfielder of the Year Award and dons the traditional BOTY hat.

Monisha Nandi is the environmental director at Kilmer Brownfield Management and a champion for brownfield redevelopment, both as a volunteer and practitioner.  Nandi is a long-time member of the board of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and served for many years as the chair of CBN’s technical advisory committee and the Brownie Awards judging committee. She is also an active participant of the Ontario Environmental Industry Association (ONEIA) Brownfield Committee, supporting outreach, advocacy, and cross-collaboration activities between ONEIA and CBN.

With her range of professional experience in the public and private sectors, Nandi has represented industry, legal, consulting, and development elements of the brownfield revitalization process. She is uniquely qualified to approach brownfield redevelopment holistically, recognizing all the various factors that can impact a brownfield project and dictate its likelihood of success. Fortunately for the brownfield community, she frequently shares this knowledge through public speaking opportunities, demonstrating an exceptional ability to communicate technical, legal, project management, and other business issues to a diverse audience. Through her outreach work and engagement with CBN and ONEIA, Nandi actively promotes the use of brownfields as part of strategic urban revitalization planning.

This year’s Brownie Awards brought together more than 180 participants from across the country to enjoy an evening of recognition, celebration, and industry networking.

 
 

Remediation Technology News and Resource

(The following are selected items from the US EPA’s Tech Direct – http://clu-in.org/techdirect/)


Upcoming Live Internet Seminars

ITRC Optimizing Injection Strategies and In situ Remediation Performance – December 7, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). ITRC developed the guidance: Optimizing Injection Strategies and In Situ Remediation Performance (OIS-ISRP-1) and this associated training course to identify challenges that may impede or limit remedy effectiveness and discuss the potential optimization strategies, and specific actions that can be pursued, to improve the performance of in situ remediation by: refining and evaluating remedial design site characterization data; selecting the correct amendment; choosing delivery methods for site-specific conditions; creating design specifications; conducting performance evaluations, and optimizing underperforming in situ remedies. The target audience for this guidance and training course is: environmental consultants, responsible parties, federal and state regulators, as well as community and tribal stakeholders. This training will support users in efficiently and confidently applying the guidance at their remediation sites. An optimization case study is shared to illustrate the use of the associated guidance document. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.

New Documents and Web Resources

Technology Innovation News Survey Corner. The Technology Innovation News Survey contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations, feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development. Recent issues, complete archives, and subscription information is available at https://clu-in.org/products/tins/. The following resources were included in recent issues:

    • Record of Decision Quendall Terminals Superfund Site Operable Units 1 and 2 Renton, Washington
    • New Fuel Recovery Technique Tested at Edwards Air Force Base, Site 31, Former Bulk Fuel Storage Facility
    • Small-Scale Thermal Treatment of Investigation-Derived Wastes (IDW) Containing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
    • The VI Diagnosis Toolkit for Assessing Vapor Intrusion Pathways and Impacts in Neighborhoods Overlying Dissolved Chlorinated Solvent Plumes
    • Demonstrating a Biogeophysics Strategy for Minimally Invasive Post Remediation Performance Assessment
    • Management of AFFF Impacts in Subsurface Environments and Assessment of Novel and Commercially Available PFAS-Free Foams (Part 1)
    • Emerging Core Concepts for Assessment and Enhancement of Abiotic Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants
    • Assessment of Contaminant Trends in Plumes and Wells and Monitoring Network Optimization at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Sauk County, Wisconsin
    • Multi-Industry Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Study – 2021 Preliminary Report
    • Electrokinetically-Delivered, Thermally-Activated Persulfate Oxidation (EK-TAP) for the Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Heterogeneous and Low Permeability Source Zones

 

Research Brief 323: New Passive Sampling Device for PFAS. Researchers from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded centers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Brown University developed a new type of passive sampling device for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Their new tool overcomes many limitations to traditional approaches, such as detecting short-chain PFAS and low concentrations of the chemicals in water. PFAS chemicals, a large group of compounds found in aqueous film-forming foams, used for fire suppression, and in everyday consumer products, are made up of a chain of linked carbon and fluorine atoms. To learn more, please visit https://tools.niehs.nih.gov//srp/researchbriefs/view.cfm?Brief_ID=323.

 


 Upcoming Events


 

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Learning and Celebration at ECO Canada’s 5th Annual ECO Impact Event

ECO Canada’s highly anticipated and unique learning series and awards gala, ECO Impact, is back and this year ECO Canada are excited to return to learning, networking, and celebrating in person, in Calgary!

The theme for the upcoming ECO Impact event is Driving Sustainability to Invest in a Greener, More Resilient and Inclusive Future. There will be presentations from experts across industries on ESG and how Canada’s environmental workforce is involved.

Sessions include ‘The Evolution of ESG’, ‘Making It Meaningful: Indigenous Workplace Inclusion’ and ‘Climate Tech: Putting Canada on the Map’.

As always, there’ll be great networking opportunities with environmental professionals from across the country and plenty of celebrations as we find out who Canada’s latest leading environmental professionals are.

Date: 2 & 3rd February, 2022
Location: Hyatt Regency, Calgary, AB

Register

 

CBN’s 2022 Canadian Brownfield Conference

Join us for CBN’s 2022 Canadian Brownfield Conference. It will be a two half-day virtual conference during the afternoons of April 5 & 6, 2022.

Register this year for $99.00.
Rates increase in 2022.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca/events/cbn-conference-2022/registration

 

Excess Soils Symposium


Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 | 11 AM to 4:30 PM | Online


The Excess Soils Symposium offers an interactive platform for a virtual update on the business of excess soils and new regulations impacting construction and cleanup projects. This comprehensive conversation provides a multi-stakeholder approach on covering new developments, including perspectives on land use planning, building issues, environmental impacts, and disposal costs related to new regulations.

This year, for the first time ever, the fifth annual symposium will cross provincial borders and provide a national perspective on excess soil regulations. With this expert overview, attendees from across Canada will enter the new year well informed and ready to optimize project management while staying in compliance.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/excess-soils-symposium-2021-tickets-166697166713

 
 

 


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