ESAA Weekly News – Week ending June 4th, 2021

Alberta Company, directors plead guilty to environmental charges

A Calgary-based company and the directors of two other companies have been sentenced after each pleaded guilty to charges under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

The charges relate to an April 2017 incident in which excavated fill contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a hazardous substance, was deposited on City of Calgary property.

Under statements of agreed facts, the accused parties each pleaded guilty to single counts under the act. The charges and sentences follow:

Hussein Amery pleaded guilty to knowingly providing false or misleading information to an Alberta Environment and Parks investigator, an offence contrary to Section 227(a) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and was sentenced to a fine of $10,000 and a victim fine surcharge of $1,500.

Superior Concrete Systems Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of hazardous waste in accordance with environmental legislation, an offence under Section 192 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and was fined $20,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge of $4,000.

Ziad El-Bittar pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of hazardous waste in accordance with environmental legislation, an offence under Section 192 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and was sentenced to a fine of $25,000 and a victim fine surcharge of $3,750.

All other charges related to this matter were withdrawn.

Remediation Technology News and Resource

(The following are selected items from the US EPA’s Tech Direct –


Risk e-Learning Webinar Series: Session II: Geospatial Platforms for Analysis and Visualization Across Environmental Data – June 3, 2021, 2:00PM-4:00PM EDT (18:00-20:00 GMT). The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is hosting a Risk e-Learning webinar series focused on SRP-funded data science projects that are enhancing the integration, interoperability, and reuse of data. With these supplements, the SRP encourages data sharing among its grantees to accelerate scientific discoveries, stimulate new collaborations, and increase scientific transparency and rigor. In the second session, SRP-funded researchers will describe efforts to combine and analyze datasets using geospatial platforms. These platforms are being used to visualize patterns of exposures and those factors that may affect these patterns, within a geographical area. This session will also feature a speaker supported by the National Science Foundation, who will discuss HydroShare, an online system for sharing hydrologic data and models. For more information and to register, please visit

ITRC Sustainable Resilient Remediation (SRR) – June 22, 2021, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). Interstate Technology Regulatory Council Extreme weather events and wildfires are increasing and impacting hazardous waste sites. The primary goal of cleanups, which is protecting human health and the environment, is undermined. Confronted with these risks, environmental professionals should assess, and de-sign remedies that are sustainable and resilient. Sustainable resilient remediation (SRR) is an optimized solution to cleaning up and reusing a hazardous waste site that limits negative environmental impacts, maximizes social and economic benefits, and creates resilience against increasing threats. The objective of the ITRC Sustainable Resilient Remediation (SRR-1) is to provide resources and tools for regulators, stakeholders, consultants, and responsible parties to help integrate sustainable and resilient practices into remediation projects. This guidance updates the Inter-state Technology and Regulatory Council’s (ITRC) Technical and Regulatory Guidance: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (ITRC 2011a) and includes a strong resilience component to address the increasing threat of extreme weather events and wildfires. Recommendations for careful and continuous consideration of the social and economic costs and benefits of a cleanup project are included. For more information and to register, see or

New Documents and Web Resources

Research Brief 317: New Technique Sheds Light on PFAS in Coastal Watersheds. Water supplies for millions of US individuals exceed maximum contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Contemporary and legacy use of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) is a major contamination source. However, diverse PFAS sources are present within watersheds, making it difficult to isolate their predominant origins. Here we examine PFAS source signatures among six adjacent coastal watersheds on Cape Cod, MA, U.S.A. using multivariate clustering techniques. A distinct signature of AFFF contamination enriched in precursors with six perfluorinated carbons (C6) was identified in watersheds with an AFFF source, while others were enriched in C4 precursors. Principal component analysis of PFAS composition in impacted watersheds showed a decline in precursor composition relative to AFFF stocks and a corresponding increase in terminal perfluoroalkyl sulfonates with < C6 but not those with ≥ C6. Prior work shows that in AFFF stocks, all extractable organofluorine (EOF) can be explained by targeted PFAS and precursors inferred using Bayesian inference on the total oxidizable precursor assay. Using the same techniques for the first time in impacted watersheds, it was found that only 24%-63% of the EOF can be explained by targeted PFAS and oxidizable precursors. The authors’ work thus indicates the presence of large non-AFFF organofluorine sources in these coastal watersheds. For more information, please visit

Urban Redevelopment of Contaminated Sites: A Review of Scientific Evidence and Practical Knowledge on Environmental and Health Issues (World Heath Organization 2021). Across the WHO European Region, the urban population is growing steadily and demand for land is rapidly increasing. Revitalizing and/or remediating industrial sites and contaminated land present an opportunity for sustainable urban development and reduce pressure on undisturbed land resources. Redevelopment of contaminated sites entails various challenges, however, and may cause continued environmental and health consequences if contamination risks are not properly managed or remediated. This report provides the results of an expert consultation on redeveloping contaminated sites for new urban functions, aiming to review the health and environmental impacts of conversion and redevelopment and to identify sound practices to support effective redevelopment while considering health and well-being. The consultation was structured as a discussion of the evidence on environmental and health impacts of remediation, a review of European redevelopment case studies and a reflection on the applicability of impact assessment tools during remediation and redevelopment processes. Summarizing the conclusions, this report identifies good practices and important elements that should be considered for remediation and redevelopment projects. For more information and to download, please visit

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 The following resources were included in recent issues:

  • Analysis of Fate of PFAS During Incineration PFAS Emissions: Measurement Methods Development and Emissions Characterization Study at National Response Corporation Alaska, LLC AFFF Contaminated Soil Thermal Treatment Facility
  • Continuous Monitoring for Vapor Intrusion Fact Sheet
  • Advantages and Limitations of the Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) for Navy Projects
  • PFAS Science Webinars for EPA Region 1 and State & Tribal Partners
  • Portable Mercury Detector Testing and Evaluation Report
  • Field Assessment of Abiotic Attenuation Rates Using Chemical Reactivity Probes and Cryogenic Core Collection
  • Innovative Approaches to Monitor and Survey At-Risk Species on DOD Lands
  • Performance Assessment of Past Bioremediation Approaches for Chlorinated Solvent Source Zones


ESAA Member News


Matrix Solutions names Matthew Sutton new CEO

Environmental industry leader brings more than 30 years of executive experience from the world’s top environmental and engineering consulting firms.

(June 2, 2021, Calgary, Aberta) Leading Canadian environment and engineering consulting firm Matrix Solutions has appointed Matthew Sutton as President and Chief Executive Officer. An experienced environmental industry leader, Sutton served as a senior executive for the world’s top environmental and engineering consulting companies.

Sutton has dedicated more than 30 years to leading organizations at the intersection of environment, energy, sustainability, and development. He is passionate about innovating and delivering natural, social, and engineering science-based, sustainable solutions for industry, government organizations, and NGOs. This fits with Matrix’s mission to deliver projects where environmental stewardship matters and where its people can make a difference.

“The challenges facing our communities and industries require approaches that draw on science, engineering, research, and sound policy,” Sutton said. “I’m excited to work with multi-disciplinary teams at Matrix to drive sustainable client solutions that make a positive impact.”

Sutton’s executive leadership experience has included leading CH2M’s Environment and Nuclear Management Business as President; serving as CEO, Global Environmental Engineering Services at AECOM; and directing North American Operations as Executive Vice President at Arcadis. Throughout these tenures, he worked internationally and garnered more than 25 environmental industry awards for the firms. Sutton joins Matrix from ehsAI where he was Senior VP for Corporate Development at an environmental compliance artificial intelligence start-up based in B.C.

“When looking for our next CEO, our Board of Directors conducted an extensive search for a candidate with broad environmental industry experience across many sectors and substantial executive leadership expertise,” said John Feick, Matrix Solutions’ Board Chair. “Matthew possesses both and was the enthusiastic and unanimous selection.”

Sutton is a frequently invited panelist and keynote speaker for global environmental industry conferences and forums. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Renewable Energy from the University of New Hampshire.

About Matrix Solutions
Founded in 1984, Matrix is one of Canada’s leading environmental consulting companies known for developing innovative and pragmatic solutions. Employees across Canada serve public and private sector clients in markets ranging from municipal infrastructure and mining to renewable energy and oil and gas. Visit to learn more about the projects and services the company provides.


 Upcoming Events


ESAA Golf Tournament is Back

9 am July 21st, 2021
Alberta Springs Golf Resort

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Thank you everyone for the amazing support!   The response has been once again overwhelming. 

The following sponsorship items and registration options are still available:

  • 8 Hole Sponsorships
  • 4 Team Registrations
  • 3 Individual Registrations
The ESAA Golf Tournament/Brian Winters Memorial is back.  The 2021 Tournament will take place on July 21st. If the covid situation changes a back up date of August 25th has been secured.

The 2021 tournament will be a little different and will not feature group meals for the safety of all of the golfers.  Each golfer will receive a breakfast burrito and coffee upon arrival, coupons for a hot dog and beer at lunch and a snack box at the completion of their round of golf for the drive home.

Registration fees for Teams and Individuals have been reduced by 30%

  • Teams – $800
  • Individuals – $200


  • Hole Sponsor – $750
We look forward to welcoming you back to the ESAA Tournament.  All protocols and restrictions will be followed.

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Upcoming AER OneStop Record of Site Condition Training Sessions

In July 2021, the AER will be releasing the Record of Site Condition (RoSC) Form into the OneStop platform. This means that all RoSCs and associated professional reports must then be submitted through OneStop*.  

There are training sessions available in which we will explain the changes and demonstrate how to submit information and reports using OneStop. 

The training page is available on the AER website under “News and Announcements”, or using this link: 

Any questions may be directed to     

* The exception to this is submissions that are required under an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval for mining operations, which will continue to be submitted to the AER via email.


PTAC Knowledge Transfer Event

Evaluation of Reclamation Practices on Forested Wetland and Peatland Wellsites” and this event is an opportunity to explain the findings of the project and how the information gained will be used, plus an opportunity for feedback on the documents. More information can be found here:
Join PTAC for a Knowledge Transfer event on June 7 from 12-1:00 p.m. MST to discuss the findings of a newly completed project that provides recommendations for an acceptable policy framework for certification of boreal wellsites constructed using imported mineral soil pads in peatlands and upland sites that have natural vegetation encroachment. Two guidance documents have been prepared and there is an opportunity to provide feedback. Learn more and register: 

The National Environmental Monitoring Conference

Bellvue, WA and Virtual, August 2-12, 2021. The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) is the largest conference in North America focused on environmental measurements. In 2021, NEMC will be held as a hybrid event, with both an in-person and virtual event planned for the week of August 2, 2021, and a virtual-only event for the week of August 9, 2021. The in-person event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. The theme of this year’s conference is Hitting Reset. The Conference will include a technical program featuring oral and poster presentations, a special half-day general session with a keynote speaker focused on the conference theme and updates from EPA program offices, special keynote presentations on the conference theme, and luncheon presentations, an exhibit program showcasing the latest innovations in environmental monitoring, and an Innovative New Technology Showcase. For more information and to register, please visit

ESAA Job Board

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Current Listings:
  • Intermediate Reclamation/Remediation Specialist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Environmental Geologist, Hydrogeologist, Engineer or Scientist – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Environmental Engineer, Scientist, Geologist or Hydrogeologist – 5 to 10 Years Experience – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Environmental Scientist, Engineer, Geologist or Hydrogeologist – 10 to 15 Years Experience – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Intermediate to Senior Biophysical Specialist/Terrestrial Ecologist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Intermediate/Senior Wildlife Biologist – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Junior Data Entry Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Intermediate Hydrogeologist – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • CAD Technician – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Junior Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Graduate Environmental Scientist / Engineer / Technologist – Worley (Advisian)
  • Archaeology Permit Holder – H3M Environmental
  • Archaeology Field Director – H3M Environmental
  • Assistant Project Manager – Archaeology – H3M Environmental
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp
  • Senior Environmental Remediation Technologist – Jacobs Consultancy Canada
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Project Manager / Business Development – Delta Remediation
  • Environmental Geoscientist – Terex Environmental Group
  • Jr. Environmental Scientist – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp
  • Junior Environmental Professional- H3M Environmental


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