An EPR framework would create provincial systems for managing single-use plastics, packaging, paper products and hazardous and special products like household pesticides and solvents. This would shift the physical and financial role of collecting, sorting, processing and recycling waste to the industries that produce products instead of local governments and taxpayers.
It would also contribute to increased recycling in Alberta, which is estimated to inject up to $1.4 billion into the economy and support about 13,300 jobs.
“Right now, and for too long, municipalities and taxpayers have been shouldering the burden of collecting, sorting, processing and recycling waste. We’re moving Alberta forward with legislation that will make producers of the waste responsible for the system in a way that creates a big opportunity to diversify the plastics economy.” – Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks
An EPR framework would help diversify Alberta’s economy by encouraging companies to find innovative ways to recycle more materials and produce less waste and packaging. It would also bring Alberta in line with producer-run programs in other jurisdictions, including British Columbia, helping empower producers to create local recycling markets, design cost-effective and efficient recycling programs, get the most value for their products and demonstrate environmental responsibility.
The new framework would also support Alberta’s transition to a plastics circular economy by growing markets and attracting investment in plastics recycling. The plastics circular economy is a key part of Alberta’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy and contributes to Alberta’s recovery in positive ways.
“EPR is the waste management solution many municipalities and organizations have been advocating for. This proposed system has the potential to help the recycling industry prosper while benefiting our communities, our environment and our economy.” – Searle Turton, MLA for Spruce Grove-Stony Plain
In spring 2021, Alberta’s government gathered input on the design of an extended producer responsibility approach. Key feedback has been summarized in a What We Heard report. Stakeholders and the public are invited to provide comments and additional input to help inform Alberta’s EPR framework by Dec. 15.
“EPR is a critical and proven step in accelerating our transition to a circular economy, keeping valuable materials out of landfills while driving investment in our province, bolstering economic activity, creating jobs and saving taxpayer dollars. It creates the conditions for innovation and leadership, empowering producers to design products with less environmental impacts and positioning our province as Canadian leaders in waste prevention and recycling.” – Christina Seidel, executive director, Recycling Council of Alberta
“EPR is a natural and necessary next step for Alberta, and at ARMA, we’re encouraged by the support from Albertans and industry in recognizing that it’s time we look deeper into what a made-for-Alberta EPR framework could be. Alberta is ready for solutions that enable product development but minimize the impact it has on our environment.” – Ed Gugenheimer, CEO, Alberta Recycling Management Authority
“Retail Council of Canada members recognize the important environmental outcomes that result from industry-led EPR. We look forward to contributing our insights, experience and best practices from other jurisdictions, as we continue to collaborate in the development of an effective and efficient made-in-Alberta framework.” – Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada
“AUMA believes EPR will benefit Albertans, municipalities and our province’s environment and economy for generations to come. We look forward to working with the provincial government and other key stakeholders to make it a reality.” – Angela Duncan, interim president, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
“Supporting EPR is a no-brainer for the cities and towns of Alberta. We have been advocating for this type of recycling reform for many years. Not only will it increase recycling options for Albertans, it will save municipalities and – by extension – our ratepayers money.” – Peter Demong, councillor, City of Calgary Ward 14, and AUMA vice-president, Director of Cities over 500,000
“A made-in-Alberta EPR program will bring many benefits to rural municipalities and help transition Alberta to a circular economy. RMA looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Alberta and key stakeholders to ensure that Alberta’s EPR program has a comparable level of service at a comparable level of cost in urban and rural municipalities. It will be important to ensure that the EPR program makes recycling available to all Albertans.” – Paul McLauchlin, president, Rural Municipalities of Alberta
- Albertans send 1,034 kilograms per person of waste to landfills annually – more than any other Canadian jurisdiction. The national average is 710 kilograms per year.
- The EPR framework would help Alberta transition to a plastics circular economy and achieve one of the goals outlined in the Natural Gas Vision and Strategy for Alberta to become a North American centre of excellence for plastics diversion and recycling by 2030.
AER: Invitation for Feedback on Revisions to Directive 050
We are seeking feedback on updates to Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management. The proposed changes reduce the regulatory burden throughout the life cycle of drilling waste management without compromising safety. We have clarified the requirements, improved regulatory application efficiency, and enabled operators to reduce land disturbance from drilling waste management practices.
The following sections have been changed or clarified to reflect current regulatory and operational requirements. Refer to section 1.4, “What’s New in this Edition,” for more information.
- Section 3, “Soil Quality and Assessment for Sites Used to Manage Drilling Waste”
- Section 6, “Storage of Drilling Waste”
- Section 7, “Management of Cement Returns”
- Section 9, “Landspray”
- Section 10, “Landspray While Drilling”
- Section 11, “Disposal onto Forested Public Lands”
- Section 12, “Pump-off”
- Section 14, “Landspreading”
- Section 15, “Biodegradation”
- Section 19, “Alternative Management Methods”
- Section 21, “Record Keeping and Notification”
- Appendix 2, “Salinity and Nitrogen “
To provide feedback on the proposed revisions to Directive 050, complete the comment form on our website and email it to [email protected] or mail it to Alberta Energy Regulator, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4. Feedback will be accepted until January 7, 2022.
All feedback received will be reviewed and may be used in finalizing Directive 050. The comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record and may be attributed to the specific individuals who provided them. Personal information provided with comments will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.
The draft directive is available on our website at Directives listed under the Draft/Open for Comment tab.
Ontario-based business pays $300K to the Environmental Damages Fund as part of an alternative measures agreement related to a hydrocarbon spill
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers strive to ensure that individuals and companies comply with Canadian environmental laws to help support a safe and clean environment.
On June 24, 2021, Drewlo Holdings Inc. entered into an alternative measures agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions acting under and on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada, in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada laying a charge under the Fisheries Act. As part of the agreement, the company agreed to pay $300,000 to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. In addition, Drewlo Holdings Inc. also agreed to engage a qualified environmental consultant to review the company’s current practices, evaluate the company’s existing compliance with regulations and develop a training program for employees in leadership positions. The charge against the company was dismissed on November 10, 2021, after it was confirmed that all measures outlined in the alternative measures agreement were completed.
In May 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers responded to a report from a member of the public of an oily substance floating on the surface of Schneider Creek, which is a fish-bearing tributary of the Grand River.
After an investigation, officers determined that the substance had come from demolition activities at a property that Drewlo Holdings Inc. was developing in Kitchener, Ontario. Environment and Climate Change Canada laboratory results revealed that the oily substance contained hydrocarbons that are deleterious to fish. Depositing or permitting the deposit of a deleterious substance in water frequented by fish, or in any place where the substance may enter any such water, is a violation of the Fisheries Act.
Environment and Climate Change Canada has created a free subscription service to help Canadians stay current with what the Government of Canada is doing to protect our natural environment.
Hiring Support & Resources To Grow Your Organization
Are you planning on hiring? Your business could get up to $25k plus additional funding to help with training when you apply for ECO Canada’s Science Horizons Internship program.
Eligible employers are those looking to hire young professionals (30 and under) for full-time roles using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills within the environmental and sustainability sectors.
“It’s been a great bridge to help train them up and, in each case, it has led to a full-time job with our company. Without such a program, it would be much more difficult for a small business like ours to make such a financial investment in young talent that doesn’t yet have the necessary skills” – Employer
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New Research: Alberta’s Environmental Recruitment Trends Report
View the latest data on trends in environmental job hiring in Alberta (2018-2020).
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SWANA report addresses PFAS management, treatment options for landfill leachate
The new report will serve as a companion to an earlier SWANA study on “PFAS Fate and Transport in WTE Facilities.”
(Source: Waste Today Magazine) The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA’s) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) has issued a report summarizing and analyzing current management options and treatment technologies that can be used to address PFAS chemicals contained in landfill leachate.
PFAS, or per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are found in many consumer products, including stain-resistant carpeting, non-stick cookware, water-resistant clothing, and cosmetics. When these products are discarded as municipal solid waste (MSW), they present challenges to the MSW management facilities, including MSW landfills, that receive them.
Over the past few years, a key issue that has arose is how to treat landfill leachate for PFAS removal. In a national study, the mean PFAS concentrations measured in the leachate from 18 U.S. landfills ranged from 9,400 to 11,200 part per trillion (ppt). In comparison, the Health Advisory Level issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water is 70 ppt.
In 2019, the ARF’s Disposal Group selected the topic of PFAS management and treatment options for landfill leachate for investigation. According to SWANA, the research findings presented in the resulting report are based on a comprehensive review of the literature and an analysis of the commercially-available PFAS treatment systems as well as other management options for landfill leachate.
The new report was prepared to serve as a companion report to one published by the ARF in June 2021 on “PFAS Fate and Transport in WTE Facilities.”
“PFAS is one of the most important regulatory issues facing the solid waste industry,” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s executive director and CEO. “This report sheds important light on how the disposal of household and commercial waste that contains PFAS can be effectively accomplished at modern landfills that meet EPA’s Subtitle D regulations.”
Based on this research, SWANA said the organization is optimistic regarding the positive role that modern MSW landfills can play in the management of solid waste—such as carpeting and clothing—that contains PFAS. By disposing of these products in landfills and effectively treating landfill leachate for PFAS removal, the solid waste industry can provide society with an effective and proven method of managing PFAS wastes.
“We appreciate the support and involvement of our Disposal Group subscribers who submitted and voted for this important research topic and provided funding support for the research effort,” said SWANA’s Director of Applied Research Jeremy O’Brien.
The full report, PFAS Management and Treatment Options for Landfill Leachate, is currently only available to SWANA ARF subscribers.
(Source: Nunavut News) As Iqaluit’s drinking water crisis carries on toward a full month, there’s still much unknown about a historical fuel spill detected near the water treatment plant in late October.
What is clear is that the Qulliq Energy Corporation’s Iqaluit power plant stands near the city’s water treatment plant, and the power generation site has experienced numerous toxic spills over decades.
There was a 10 to 15 litre fuel spill at the plant as recently as October, when a flex line was being replaced, but QEC president and CEO Rick Hunt assured that the fuel was contained within a berm, as confirmed by a subsequent investigation.
QEC also had a 300-litre spill of glycol, water and “a little fuel and oil” at the Iqaluit power plant in February, which was also “quickly and efficiently contained and cleaned,” according to Hunt.
“Department of Environment staff have recently inspected the location of the spill and indicated that there were no further concerns,” he stated.
Hunt noted that QEC has automated and manual systems continually monitoring fuel levels at the Iqaluit power plant. Staff perform daily visual inspections of the fuel tanks and surrounding areas. Fuel pipes are looked over prior to and during fuel transfers. All spills that occurred in the last 20 years have been immediately contained and remediated, he added.
But the toxic spills at the site predate the QEC’s two decades of existence. Some stretch back into the 1970s and involved as much as 4,546 litres of diesel on a single occasion: Oct. 30, 1974. There is no documented clean-up record from that incident. Several other toxic spills, including 2,455 litres of glycol in July 1999 and 1,136 litres of diesel in January 1977, are also listed as “no information available” in regards to how the contaminants were dealt with after they hit the ground.
“The Government of Canada is responsible for the majority of legacy contamination on QEC sites based upon the principle of ‘polluter pays,’” Hunt said.
Catherine Forget, communications adviser with the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), directed Nunavut News to a website listing sites that the Government of Canada has agreed to remediate. Among the 27 locations listed in Iqaluit, the power plant is not one of them.
Forget noted that ECCC is currently managing two contaminated sites in the city: Iqaluit Canadian Ice Services (Building 1082) and the Iqaluit Upper Air Station.
Some of the fuel spills that occurred at the Iqaluit power plant date back to the 1970s. Forget said the amount of time required for hydrocarbons to biodegrade in the ground varies depending on the type of fuel, nutrient levels and temperature.
Diesel spills can be remediated through natural processes over a period of weeks “under optimal conditions,” she noted, but that would entail warmer ambient temperatures. Heavier oils would take longer to break down.
Other factors include the availability of oxygen, the presence of moisture and the “interaction between the hydrocarbon, the soil types and bacteria or microbes that degrade oils. These oil-degrading microbes can be found in virtually all environments,” she said.
A decision whether to dig up and remove fuel spills or to leave them in the ground depends on the numerous aforementioned circumstances and is determined through site-specific risk assessments, she added.
As of Nov. 2, the City of Iqaluit wasn’t yet prepared to place blame for the fuel spill that recently tainted the local water supply.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not speculating who is responsible at this time,” was the official response from city hall, which also declined to acknowledge whether there has been any communication with QEC or its predecessors about historical fuel spills at the power plant.
The municipality is also unsure why the water treatment plant was built next to the power plant in 1962.
“We have not located documentation regarding this location, however, this location was probably proposed given the water treatment plant’s proximity to Lake Geraldine and its ability to distribute water to the community via gravity feed at the time of the build,” city hall stated.
Relocating the municipal facility to another site is not in the city’s “immediate capital plans,” it was stated.
Work is ongoing to determine the cost to clean up historical contamination at the Iqaluit power plant, and at other contaminated sites across the territory, according to the Government of Nunavut.
“The cost estimates for these legacy sites are still being tabulated,” stated the GN’s Department of Environment, which leads the Contaminated Sites Working Group and engages the federal government on the issue.
The topic was last discussed with QEC on Oct. 29, the GN stated in early November.
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- November 25th sponsored by Abacus Enterprises
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ESAA is pleased to announce a series of three (3) webinars featuring presentation from RemTech 2021 will be held on November 18th, 25th and December 2nd. Each webinar will feature eight (8) different presentations. Registration fees include access to all three sessions and recordings.
Dates: November 18th, November 25th and December 2nd
Webinar Time: 8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
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- Includes 6 registrations for each webinar
- Recognition at the start and end of each webinar
- Logo on the ESAA and GoTo Meeting registration pages
- Logo recognition in future RemTech Lite webinar update emails
- 3 corporate ads in the ESAA Weekly News
- Grab the Last Sponsorship and support ESAA
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2022 AGM & Conference
February 23-25, 2022
Alberta CLRA: Celebrating the profession; collaboration, education and engagement.
The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference in Red Deer, Alberta from Wednesday, February 23 – Friday, February 25, 2022. There will also be an online component for portions of the event.
The conference consists of:
- Sponsor Booths
- Two Days of Presentations
- Networking Opportunities
- Wednesday Evening Reception
- Thursday Evening Social, Banquet, and Awards
- CLRA Alberta Annual General Meeting
Call for Abstracts
Deadline: December 1, 2021 midnight.
2022 Conference Theme:
“Alberta CLRA: Celebrating the profession; collaboration, education and engagement.”
The online ‘Abstracts Submission Form’ must be used for all abstract submissions. No other format will be accepted.
The review of abstracts will take between 4 and 6 weeks from the abstract deadline. The program committee aims to communicate selections by mid-January 2022.
Abstract Submission Form: https://pheedloop.com/CLRAAB2022/proposal/start/?call=CAL72ZC8M65S686
Join us in Vancouver!
January 26-28, 2022
Hello Environment and Engineering Executives –
The Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference (CE3C) will be held from Jan. 26-28, 2022 in Vancouver and we’re excited to finally get together again in person. Speakers have been confirmed, the program is finalized and many of your peers in the environment and engineering community have already registered. Will you be joining us?
Since its inception in 2018, CE3C has built a reputation as the ‘must attend’ networking event for senior leadership in Canada’s environment and engineering community and we urge you to make plans to attend. We will be enforcing a double vaccination policy for every attendee and the conference venue has unique UN-style desks and microphones for everyone to ensure a safe, welcoming and connected conference environment.
Plan to attend not just for the stellar speaker lineup and the once-a-year quality networking with top executives, but also to enjoy the fun cocktail reception at the Terminal City Club and a five-star dinner experience overlooking Vancouver harbour. We have secured special hotel room rates and the mountains are beautiful at that time of year so maybe you can bring your spouse and get some skiing in while you’re there!
You’re Invited: ECO Impact 2022
5th Annual ECO Impact – EARLY BIRD PRICING!
Our highly anticipated and unique learning series and awards gala, ECO Impact, is back and this year we’re excited to return to learning, networking and celebrating in person! This year’s event will focus on driving sustainability as a means to invest in a greener, more resilient and inclusive future for Canada’s environmental workforce. Expect expert discussions on topics such as ‘The Evolution of ESG’ and ‘Climate Tech: Putting Canada on the Map’, great networking opportunities and celebration!
Date: 2 & 3rd February, 2022
The Brownie Awards recognize the builders, innovators and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites (formerly contaminated, under-utilized and undeveloped) into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.
The Judging panel has been hard at work reviewing all the submissions and we are proud to recognize this year’s finalists:
2021 Brownie Award finalists:
Reprogram: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives
- The City of St. Catharines Community Improvement Plan
- City of Guelph Contracting Strategy for Excess Soil
- 77 Wade Avenue
Remediate: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation
- Marwell Tar Pit Remediation
- Environmental Remediation of the Turcot Site
- Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Treatment
- Sustainable Management of the Former Sambault Landfill
- Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project
Reinvest: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
- High Arctic Site Remediation Project
- GO Expansion Union Station Enhancement Project (USEP)
- Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project
Refocus: Alternative Benefits to Brownfield Remediation
- 150 Harrison Street Modular Housing Initiative
- Richards Complete Streets
- Bloor-Annex Parkettes
- KEL,SET (Reay) Creek Remediation
Rebuild: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale
- Loblaws Groceteria Adaptive Reuse
- Tower Automotive Building Adaptive Re-Use/Museum of Contemporary Art
- Vista Condos on Charlton
Renew: Development at the Community Scale
- Historical North Vancouver Shipyards
- Redevelopment of Former Retail Property, Churchill Park
- KEL,SET (Reay) Creek Remediation
Reach Out: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
- Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Treatment
- Galleria on the Park (formerly known as “Reimagine Galleria”)
- Arbutus Greenway Design Vision and Implementation Strategy
Three additional awards are presented for the Best Small-Scale Project, Best Large-Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, selected from all of the nominations received. The final award recognizes the prestigious Brownfielder of the Year.
This year’s event will be held in-person as well as online for those wishing to join virtually. Don’t miss out and purchase your tickets today.
ESAA Job Board
Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board. Members can post ads for free.
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- Remediation Specialist/Environmental Engineer – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist (Multiple) – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Labourer (2) – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Intermediate Environmental Consultant – GCL Environmental
- Reclamation Coordinator – Tree Time Services
- Intermediate Environmental Scientist – NorthWind Land Resources
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- Senior Advisor, Environment – Capital Power Corporation