ESAA Weekly News – Week ending May 7th, 2021

 

 

Alberta: Financial deposits for reclamation work under review

Alberta’s government is reviewing the Mine Financial Security Program to ensure appropriate funds are being collected to cover reclamation liabilities and ensure continuous program improvement.

The Mine Financial Security Program (MFSP) is one of many liability management programs that ensure Alberta’s energy resources are developed responsibly. The program helps manage coal and oilsands liabilities by collecting financial security from mine owners and protects the public from paying for project closure costs.

As of June 30, 2020, $1.48 billion was being held in security under the MFSP. Oilsands mines account for just under $1 billion of this total.

The formula to determine payment into the Mine Financial Security program includes an operator’s revenue, operating cost and sales volume. Under the program, coal companies pay their security up front, while oilsands mines use their reserves as collateral for financial security.

Extremely low oil prices in 2020 reinforced problems with the program’s formula. As a result, the Government of Alberta is making a change in the interim to the calculation while the program review is underway to ensure security amounts align with the intent of the program.

This interim step will not impact environmental outcomes in any way.

Work on the program review will include engaging Indigenous Peoples and other stakeholders. Details on the program review and engagement plans will be available in the coming weeks

“The math doesn’t work if you have extremely low or negative oil prices, like we did in 2020. Instead, what we need is a long-term solution for the Mine Financial Security Program to better protect our environment and Alberta taxpayers.” – Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

A year ago, the price of West Texas Intermediate reached a historical minimum of -US$37 per barrel and it is currently more than US$60 per barrel. The program is currently vulnerable to drastic swings in prices like the one the oil sector experienced in 2020.

While the price of oil has already begun to recover, the extremely low oil prices in 2020 significantly skewed the calculation of what oilsands companies would have been required to pay for reclamation security in 2021. As a result, the Government of Alberta is making a change in the interim to the calculation while the review is underway to ensure security amounts align with the intent of the program while ensuring positive environmental outcomes.

The program review will include feedback from the province’s auditor general and will focus on the security calculation. The goal is to ensure sufficient funds are collected from oilsands mine operators to pay for future reclamation costs. No change has been nor will be made in requirements for environmental oversight and protection.

 

Trans Mountain pipeline construction ordered paused in B.C. bird nesting area

(Source: CBC News) Environment and Climate Change Canada has ordered a halt to construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline through a forest in Burnaby, B.C., until the end of bird nesting season.

The department said the order was issued following an enforcement officer’s visit to the site prompted by complaints that nests of the Anna’s hummingbird and other migratory birds were being damaged.

“Given that it is nesting season, migratory birds are particularly vulnerable at this time,” it said in an emailed statement.

“Cutting vegetation and trees or carrying out other disruptive activities such as bulldozing or using chainsaws and heavy machinery in the vicinity of active nests will likely result in disturbance or destruction of those nests.”

It said construction is paused until Aug. 20.

The $12.6-billion expansion project is designed to triple the capacity of the existing pipeline between Edmonton and the shipping terminal in Burnaby to about 890,000 barrels per day of products, including diluted bitumen, lighter crudes and refined fuel.

Sarah Ross of the Community Nest Finding Network said the group began noticing hummingbirds in the Burnaby area in February. Anna’s hummingbirds are some of the first birds to nest and arrive as early as January, she noted.

“In the small area that we’re monitoring, I’d say there’s probably a dozen nests,” Ross said in an interview. Her group is watching a third of the area pipeline builders have been told to avoid.

“We’ve been really surprised at the density of hummingbird nests in this area. It’s a really rich habitat for them. It has all the things that they need — close to clean water and has all the blossoms of the salmonberry.”

The group reported the presence of nests in the area to Trans Mountain and federal and provincial environmental authorities, she said.

Environment and Climate Change Canada said it issued orders following two on-site inspections.

It gave a verbal order on April 12, which asked the company to “immediately refrain from disturbing, destroying or taking a nest or an egg of a migratory bird” in the 1,000-metre area along Highway 1.

Trans Mountain was also ordered to immediately stop or shut down any activity, including tree trimming and cutting that may require the use of heavy machinery including bulldozers and chainsaws that could disturb and destroy nests.

About 10 days later, the department ordered the company to put up signs in the area that say no activity is allowed during the nesting period.

Trans Mountain confirmed that the order applied to a 900-metre area along the Brunette River for the duration of the nesting period.

“While Trans Mountain endeavours to conduct tree clearing activities outside of the migratory bird nesting periods, this is not always feasible,” it said in a statement.

The company will go ahead with any work in the area that is not subject to restrictions, it said.

There has been no change to the projected completion date of December 2022, it added.

It did not respond to questions about possible added costs.

Anna’s hummingbirds and other bird species found in the area such as song sparrows, pine siskins, robins and black-capped chickadees are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

The company said it is in talks with Environment and Climate Change Canada to determine how it can mitigate the disturbance to migratory birds during the nesting period.

“Trans Mountain’s policies and procedures for the protection of migratory birds and their habitat were developed in consultation with stakeholders and communities and have been extensively reviewed by federal and provincial regulatory authorities,” it said.

 

B.C. First Nation joins calls for Ottawa to step in on review of Alberta coal project

A British Columbia First Nation has joined calls for the federal government to step in on the environmental review of a proposed open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

The Ktunaxa First Nation, the first group outside Alberta to ask for Ottawa’s involvement, says it has little faith in the province’s ability to hear their concerns over Montem Resources’ Tent Mountain project. They say it would have effects beyond the provincial boundary, impairing their ability to practice their treaty rights.

“Due to the location, size and lifespan of the proposed project, the (Ktunaxa) consider that it will likely cause significant adverse impacts on the Ktunaxa Nation’s Indigenous rights and interests,” says the letter written to federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Montem Resources is proposing to resume mining on a site near Coleman, Alta., last mined in 1983. Documents filed with Alberta’s regulator say the company would only need 750 hectares.

But the Ktunaxa say those documents gloss over the fact that Tent Mountain would dump waste rock and water in B.C. and needs permits from B.C. authorities. They also point out Tent Mountain would be immediately adjacent to as many as four other open-pit coal mines.

“The potential for the project to contribute to regional cumulative effects is therefore also a deep concern,” the letter states.

The letter points out the mine comes suspiciously close to the production threshold that would automatically trigger a federal review.

The Ktunaxa say their experience in the federal-provincial review of Benga Mining’s Grassy Mountain project leaves them with little faith in a review conducted only by Alberta.

“Without a federal environmental assessment, the Alberta government will not conduct any, much less meaningful and legally sufficient, consultation with the (Ktunaxa) to address and accommodate for the project’s impacts,” the letter says.

Blood Tribe members say they weren’t consulted on Grassy Mountain mine – Nov 18, 2020

The Alberta government has announced plans for a series of five regional meetings with Alberta First Nations, but no plans for B.C.

The letter says Ktunaxa people fear losing that land for treaty-guaranteed traditional purposes including hunting, gathering, collecting medicines, ceremonies and cultural continuity.

Montem Resources did not respond to a request for comment.

The Ktunaxa are only the latest group to request Ottawa join the assessment. The Kainai and Siksika First Nations in southern Alberta, as well as environmental groups and local landowners, have asked for the same.

Montem has stated in investor materials that the federal assessment agency has already ruled that federal participation isn’t required.

However, an email from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to Montem suggests that’s not the whole story. The company was told the minister could still designate the project for a federal review.

Coal mining protestors gather in southern Alberta, worried about upcoming public consultation – Mar 15, 2021

“The minister of Environment and Climate Change (has) the authority to designate the project if, in the minister’s opinion, the carrying out of project activities may cause adverse environmental effects or public concerns related to those effects warrant the designation,” the email says.

Wilkinson has until June 1 to respond to those requests. A spokeswoman in his office said the decision will likely come around that date.

 

Great Lakes Water Quality Strategy on Toxic Substances Available for Review

(Source: EnvironmentJournal.ca) The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) commits Canada and the United States to prepare and issue binational strategies for Chemicals of Mutual Concern (CMCs), which may include research, monitoring, surveillance, and pollution prevention and control provisions.

A Draft of Canada’s Great Lakes Strategy for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), and Long-Chain Perfluorocarboxylic Acids (LC-PFCAs) Risk Management is now available for public review. The draft strategy identifies opportunities for additional Canadian actions to address data gaps and better achieve key commitment under the GLWQA by minimizing the release of PFOS, PFOA, and LC-PFCAs to the Great Lakes basin. Actions can be considered by a variety of stakeholders, including industry, academia, and non-government organizations.

The period for interested agencies, organizations, and individuals to provide comments on the draft Strategy is from April 26, 2021 to May 26, 2021.

Use the Contact Us page to direct your submissions and questions by May 26, 2021.

More information on the Chemicals of Mutual Concern can be found here.

In related news, Michael Murray and John Jackson, co-chairs of the Toxics-Free Great Lakes Binational Network recently published two guest blogs for Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), discussing the impacts of toxic substances on water quality in the Great Lakes.

In the first, they discuss how Canada and the United States have failed to properly address harmful PFAS in the lakes under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Without a strong binational plan to deal with these “forever chemicals,” an integral component for addressing toxic substances under GLWQA will be missing.

In their second post, Murray and Jackson highlight how the principles of “zero discharge” and “virtual elimination” could be better implemented in the water quality agreement to address the threats of toxic substances in the Great Lakes Basin. The recent release of Bill C-28: Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act includes alarming amendments to remove virtual elimination in CEPA.

 

PTAC Industry Survey

PTAC’s Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF), with support from industry partners, has compiled the following Industry R&D Survey, with the objective of identifying knowledge gaps and/or challenges that industry faces in the areas of EcologicalRemediation & Reclamation, and Well Abandonment. The data collected from this survey will be used to identify project and research opportunities, aid in the allocation of funds to areas of highest need, and support a Workshop focused on creating discussion and identifying methods of collaboration to close these knowledge gaps.

If you are interested in participating in this initiative, the survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and the deadline for completion is Wednesday, May 26. We thank you in advance for your input.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVHQ3TY

Please note, when completing the survey, you will choose which area (Ecological, Remediation & Reclamation, or Well Abandonment) you feel you have the most expertise in to provide knowledge gaps or challenges. If you wish to contribute to more than one of the areas, please feel free to complete the survey more than once.

If you have any questions about the survey, or what it will be used for, please contact Tannis Such at [email protected].

 

 

 

Government of Canada delivers on commitment to strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and proposes to recognize a right to a healthy environment

Canadians need a stronger environmental protection law that confronts 21st-century dangers with 21st-century science. All Canadians should be able to live their lives free from the effects of harmful chemicals and pollutants. That is why today, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and is recognizing Canadians’ right to a healthy environment.

CEPA is Canada’s cornerstone environmental protection law that has been used to reduce air pollution from industry and vehicles, ban asbestos and keep microbeads out of our water. And it is through CEPA that the Government is moving to ban harmful single-use plastics.

Over the past several decades, the science around the risks associated with harmful chemicals and pollutants has evolved. In order for CEPA to continue to protect Canadians and their environment from harmful substances, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, announced today that the Government of Canada is taking steps to strengthen CEPA in line with the science, including through recognizing Canadians’ right to a healthy environment.

The changes will strengthen protections for Canadians and the environment by:

  • Recognizing a right to a healthy environment for every individual in Canada as provided for under CEPA – a first in a federal statute in Canada – providing continued support for strong environmental and health standards now and in the future.
  • Assessing real life exposure based on the cumulative effects of a substance in combination with exposure to other substances, and better-protecting populations most at risk due to greater susceptibility or potential exposure to harmful substances.
  • Implementing a new regime for toxic substances that pose the highest risk. The new regime will prioritize the prohibition of uses and releases of substances toxic under CEPA that meet criteria set out in regulations to be considered of the highest risk.
  • Supporting the shift to less harmful chemicals through the establishment of a Watch List of substances capable of meeting the criteria in CEPA to be considered at risk if, for example, there should be an increase in exposure. The amendments would require the Ministers to publish and maintain a list of substances that are capable of becoming toxic.
  • Creating a new Plan of Chemicals Management Priorities. The Bill provides for public input on the development of a Plan of Chemicals Management Priorities, which will set out an integrated plan for the assessment and management of substances as well as supporting activities such as research, monitoring, information-gathering and risk communication.
  • Amending the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) to provide the ability to develop a regulatory framework under the FDA to assess and manage the environmental risks of new drugs. This would remove the requirement to notify and assess new drugs under both the FDA and CEPA, providing a more efficient and effective approach to managing the risks of drugs in Canada.

In addition to these amendments to CEPA, the Government will take action to improve information for supply chain managers and to enhance mandatory labelling for certain consumer products, giving Canadians greater access to information about the substances to which they are exposed.

Today’s proposed amendments represent the first major reform to CEPA since it was updated more than 20 years ago. They will enable the Government of Canada to deliver on its commitment to modernize CEPA and to continuously improve its initiatives to protect human health and the environment.

Quick facts

  • CEPA became a law in 1988 and was last updated more than 20 years ago.
  • CEPA is one of the main federal laws to prevent and control pollution. It allows the Government to protect Canadians and the environment from the environmental and human health impacts of a wide range of pollution sources, such as chemicals, animate products of biotechnology, vehicles, engines, equipment, hazardous waste and environmental emergencies.
  • CEPA offers tools to identify and address these risks.
  • The Minister of Environment and Climate Change is responsible for CEPA and shares some of the responsibilities under the Act with the Minister of Health.
  • Over the years, actions under CEPA have
    • helped reduce air pollutants causing smog and acid rain;
    • prevented the release of plastic microbeads from toiletries that wash down household drains and contribute to plastic pollution in oceans, rivers and lakes;
    • set strict requirements for the import and export of hazardous waste;
    • assessed over 4,000 existing substances and over 20,000 notifications for new chemicals, polymers and living organisms proposed for use in Canada;
    • developed measures to manage identified risks for close to 500 of those substances;
    • set stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from engines and vehicles;
    • established the first regulated phase-out of coal-fired electricity in the world; and
    • banned asbestos and products containing asbestos, as exposure to asbestos fibres is known to cause cancer and other diseases.

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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 Connecting the Science to Managing LNAPL Sites a 3 Part Series – May 11, 27 and June 8, 2021. The newly updated LNAPLs (Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) 3-part training course series is based on the ITRC guidance: LNAPL Site Management: LCSM Evolution, Decision Process, and Remedial Technologies (LNAPL-3, 2018) and focuses on connecting the science to managing LNAPL sites and helping you: build upon your understanding of LNAPL behavior in the subsurface (Part 1), develop your LNAPL conceptual site model and LNAPL remedial goals (Part 2), and select/implement LNAPL technologies (Part 3). After this training series, the expectation is that you will have the skills and understanding to use ITRC science-based resources to improve decision making at your LNAPL sites. For regulators and other government agency staff, this improved understanding can hopefully be incorporated into your own LNAPL programs. It is expected that participants will attend this 3-part training series in sequence. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.

Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites Webinar on Successful Remedial Design, Sessions 1 and 2 – May 12, 2021, 1:00PM-2:00PM EDT (17:00-18:00 GMT) and 2:00PM-3:00PM EDT (18:00-19:00 GMT). The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Post and Philadelphia Post along with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are hosting a series of webinars based on talks given at recent Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Symposiums. The mission of the DCHWS symposiums is to facilitate an interactive engagement between professionals from government and the private sector related to relevant and topical issues affecting applications of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites. The symposiums also serve as a platform to facilitate the exchange of information, encourage dialogue, share experiences, and build and enhance communication among design and construction professionals. Sessions will include presentations on: Site Assessment, Design Considerations, and Performance Results from a Innovative Barrier Application at a Large Chlorinated Plume in Texas and Successful High Density Sludge (HDS) Treatment Plant Design for Acid Mine Drainage. For more information and to register, please visit https://clu-in.org/live.

ITRC TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites – May 13, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). The basis for this training course is the ITRC guidance: TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites (TPHRisk-1, 2018). The guidance builds on long-standing and current research and experience, and presents the current science for evaluating TPH risk at petroleum-contaminated sites. As a participant in this training you should learn to: recognize the ITRC document as a go-to resource for evaluating TPH risk at petroleum-contaminated sites, recognize how TPH-impacted media interacts with the environment and changes over time, select appropriate analytic method(s) to match site objectives, and apply the decision framework to determine when a site-specific target level may be more appropriate than a generic screening level for TPH. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.

ITRC Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization – May 25, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). The Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization Team has synthesized the knowledge about dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) site characterization and remediation acquired over the past several decades, and has integrated that information into a new document, Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization and Tools Selection (ISC-1, 2015). This guidance is a resource to inform regulators, responsible parties, other problem holders, consultants, community stakeholders, and other interested parties of the critical concepts related to characterization approaches and tools for collecting subsurface data at DNAPL sites. After this associated training, participants will be able to use the guidance to develop and support an integrated approach to DNAPL site characterization, including: identify what site conditions must be considered when developing an informative DNAPL conceptual site model (CSM); define an objectives-based DNAPL characterization strategy; understand what tools and resources are available to improve the identification, collection, and evaluation of appropriate site characterization data; and navigate the DNAPL characterization tools table and select appropriate technologies to fill site-specific data gaps. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.

ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation (VIM-1) – June 1 and 15, 2021, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). When certain contaminants or hazardous substances are released into the soil or groundwater, they may volatilize into soil gas. Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when these vapors migrate up into overlying buildings and contaminate indoor air. ITRC has previously released guidance documents focused on VI, including the “Vapor Intrusion Pathway: A Practical Guidance” (VI-1, 2007) and “Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management” (PVI, 2014). However, ITRC has received multiple requests for additional details and training on mitigation strategies for addressing this exposure pathway. The ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Team (VIMT) created ten fact sheets, 16 technology information sheets, and 4 checklists with the goal of assisting regulators during review of vapor intrusion mitigation systems, and helping contractors understand the essential elements of planning, design, implementation, and operation, maintenance and monitoring (OM&M) of mitigation systems. The Vapor Intrusion Mitigation training is a series of eight (8) modules, presented over two sessions. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.

New Documents and Web Resources

Ecosystem Services Consideration in the Remediation Process for Contaminated Sites. In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board recommended activities to advance consideration of ecosystem services (ES) to enhance existing remediation and redevelopment processes in the U.S. This article examines advancements in the decade since, focusing on providing those involved in cleanup of contaminated sites a basic understanding of ES concepts and guidelines for considering ES at cleanup sites using a new, four-step transferable framework. Descriptions, including activities for site teams and case study applications of ES tools, are presented for each step: (1) identify site-specific ES; (2) quantify relevant ES; (3) examine how cleanup activities affect ES; and (4) identify, select, and implement solutions (e.g., Best Management Practices). The goal of this article is to provide site cleanup stakeholders, including project managers, contractors, and site responsible parties, with a stronger foundation and shared understanding to consider ES during the cleanup process for their given site. For more information, please visit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030147972100164X?via%3Dihub

US EPA Office of Research and Development Journal Article: Phytostabilization of acidic mine tailings with biochar, biosolids, lime, and locally-sourced microbial inoculum: Do amendment mixtures influence plant growth, tailing chemistry, and microbial composition. Abandoned mine lands present persistent environmental and economic challenges. Remediation, reclamation and revitalization are important steps for overcoming these challenges. The use of plants through phytostabilization is an elegant and cost-effective reclamation strategy, however, establishing plants on severely degraded contaminated soils can be problematic, and often requires amendments to improve soil/tailing condition and health to facilitate plant establishment and survival. This study evaluated whether amendment mixtures consisting of admixtures of lime, biochar, biosolids, and locally effective microbes (LEM) could alleviate the constraints that hinder phytostabilization success. View more information at https://cfpub.epa.gov/si/si_public_record_Report.cfm?dirEntryId=351523&Lab=CPHEA

EPA Releases Updated PFBS Toxicity Assessment. In April 2021, EPA announced the release of the final Human Health Toxicity Values for Perfluorobutane Sulfonic Acid (CASRN 375-73-5) and Related Compound Potassium Perfluorobutane Sulfonate (CASRN 29420-49-3). Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) is a member of a larger group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The toxicity assessment is a written summary of the potential health effects associated with PFBS and identifies the dose levels at which those health effects may occur in order to calculate toxicity values. View more information at https://www.epa.gov/pfas/learn-about-human-health-toxicity-assessment-pfbs.

Updated Phytotechnologies Focus Area. Phytotechnologies broadly refers to the use of plants to address contamination in the environment, including soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, and waste streams such as leachate, acid mine drainage, and wastewater. Phytotechnologies are generally less energy-intensive, and less costly and require less operation and maintenance than more active treatment methods, such as excavation or pump and treat. The CLU-IN Phytotechnologies Focus Area has been updated to reflect the current state of the science, with an emphasis on design and monitoring considerations as well as applications for remediation and containment. Visit the updated Focus Area at https://clu-in.org/phyto.

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:

  • Evaluation and Application of the Purge Analyzer Tool (PAT) to Determine In-Well Flow and Purge Criteria for Sampling Monitoring Wells at the Stringfellow Superfund Site in Jurupa Valley, California, in 2017
  • Evaluation of Long-Term Performance of Stabilized Sediment for Beneficial Use
  • Analysis of Remedial Scenarios Affecting Plume Movement Through a Sole-Source Aquifer System, Southeastern Nassau County, New York
  • Application of Horizontal Wells to Enhance Site Remediation
  • PITT Findings on PFAS Destruction Technologies
  • Review of Available Software for PFAS Modeling Within the Vadose Zone
  • Acid Mine Drainage Reduction Efforts Restore Tomhicken Creek
  • Nonpoint Source Success Story: Remediating Abandoned Mines Improves Water Quality in Turkey Creek
  • Evaluation of Rotating Cylinder Treatment System™ at Elizabeth Mine, Vermont
  • Best Practices to Prevent Releases from Impoundments at Abandoned Mine Sites While Conducting CERCLA Response Actions
 
 
 
 

 Upcoming Events


 
 
 

Virtual EnviroTech 2021

June 2 & 3

Starts in 4 Weeks – Have You Registered?

ESAA has listened to all of the feedback we received through 2020 and we have made a number of major changes to the delivery of EnviroTech 2021. 

What changes can you expect?

  • New Event Website
  • New Platform
  • Virtual Exhibits
  • Virtual Group Chat Features
  • Individual Speed Networking
  • Group Networking
 
The Agenda
  • Opening Keynote – Balancing People and Nature – Simon Jackson, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
  • Panel Discussion – Indigenous Engagement, Relationships and the Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP) –  Steve Saddleback, Indian Resource Council, Vanessa Frank, Kainai Resources Inc. / Blood Tribe, Clayton Heck, Arrowhead Abandonments
  • Closing Keynote – Gin, Tonic and Wildlife Stories – Brian Keating, Great Big Nature
  • 28 Technical Talks
 

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ESAA has intentionally kept the registration fees low and are asking everyone to register and to  spread the word about the event and the presentations. Approximately 90% of ESAA’s revenues come from events, and now more than ever your Association needs your support!

Registration rates:
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For the complete schedule visit:  https://esaa.org/envirotech/agenda/

Thank you to our event sponsors for your continued support!

 
 
 

Upcoming ESAA Webinar

Dealing with Low Mood and Motivation

11am – 12pm
May 10th, 2021

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, challenges with low mood and motivation are becoming more common. We will explore proven and practical strategies that can be used immediately to support a positive mood and mindset, as well as enhance productivity in your day-to-day life.

Presenter:

Aaron Telnes, M.C., R. Psych.
Aaron is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta and works with clients through Synthesis Psychology and Calgary Career Counselling. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Counselling degree from the University of Calgary. Aaron strives to promote mental health and wellness in his individual and organizational clients through a focus on increasing self-awareness, developing coping skills, strategic problem-solving, and identifying and implementing attainable goals. My therapeutic style blends cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based strategies that I integrate into both my individual client sessions and the work I do with organizations.

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ESAA Virtual Trivia Night

4 pm – 5pm
June 2nd, 2021

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Put on your thinking caps – it is Trivia Time.  Join us for the first ever Virtual ESAA Trivia Night.  Okay it really isn’t night time – just the end of the day.   ESAA has partnered with Nice Guys Trivia for a little virtual trivia. Compete for prizes and bragging rights.  There is sure to be some laughs and good networking.
 
Event Information:
 
  • Limited to 50 participants
  • As you register you will be automatically assigned to one of 5 teams.  If you register multiple people on the same registration you will be on the same team.  If you want to be on the same team, register as a group.  On different teams, register individually.
  • $10 for Members and EnviroTech 2021 attendees
  • $15 for Non-Members
  • Event and prize sponsorships available
  • Event link will be sent 24 hours prior to the start
 

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ESAA Job Board

Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board.  Members can post ads for free.


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 Reclamation/Environmental Scientist (Contract) – JMH Environmental
  • Project Manager – Summit, An Earth Services Company
  • Intermediate Vegetation Ecologist – Paragon Soil & Environmental Consulting
  • Environmental Inspector – Paragon Soil & Environmental Consulting
  • Project Manager, Consulting – KBL Environmental
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Junior Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Planner, Lands – ATCO
  • Fugitive Emissions Field Technician – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Senior Specialist, Environment – Capital Power
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Client Engagement Specialist – Solstice Environmental Management
  • Intermediate Ecologist – Solstice Environmental Management
  • Intermediate to Senior Biophysical Specialist/Terrestrial Ecologist – North Shore Environmental Consultants
 
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