ESAA Weekly News – week ending September 23rd, 2022

RemTech 2022: Call for Auction Items

October 12-14, 2022
Fairmont Banff Springs 

RemTech 2022 will not only be a great learning and networking event but it will also be one of the largest charity fundraisers supported by the environment industry.  Since its inception 21 years ago, RemTech delegates have raised over $750,000 for charity.  In fact, ESAA events and member activities have raised over $1.1 million for a variety charities.

At this time ESAA is requesting auction items for the silent auction being held during the opening reception and Thursday’s reception.  In addition, the auction will be held via an online auction platform / app and will be to all delegates and anyone else interested in supporting the 2022 charities.  All auction interactions will be electronic, no paper bid sheets.  

Suggested donations include: sporting event tickets, hotel stays, electronics, golfing, spa packages, gift cards for local business, unique experiences, etc. Be creative!  ESAA may combine items into packages.

All donors will be highlighted on the conference website, on site and on the auction app.

Proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to two organizations: Ilsa Mae Research Fund at Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Jane Goodall Institute Canada – Roots and Shoots Program, and the Calgary Zoo – Burrowing Owl Conservation Program.

The RemTech 2022 auction is sponsored by McLennan Ross LLP

To donate an item, contact Joe Chowaniec at the ESAA Office, [email protected]

Thank you for your support in advance!

Full event details:


Correction: Alberta Tier 1 and 2 Guidelines – 2022 Revised Edition

With respect to the announcement on the release of the 2022 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines and the Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines, please note the following correction:

Remediation certificates:

Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Energy Regulator will continue to accept remediation certificate applications that are compliant with the 2019 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines, provided that the application is submitted before January 1, 2023. Note that remediation certificate applications are tracked from the date of application submission, not the date of laboratory reports.

Reclamation certificates:

Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Energy Regulator will continue to accept reclamation certificate applications that are compliant with the 2019 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines, provided no further remedial measures are required and laboratory analytical data reports are dated on or before January 1, 2023. Laboratory analytical data reports dated January 1, 2023 or later must be compliant with the 2022 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines.

For more information on remediation certificates and reclamation certificates, liability periods and laboratory analytical data reports, please see

Questions about the Tier 1 and 2 guidelines may be sent to: [email protected]


AER: Invitation for Feedback on Proposed New Requirements for Brine-Hosted Mineral Resource Development and Directive 056

In December 2021, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 82: Mineral Resource Development Act (MRDA). Under that act, which has not yet been proclaimed, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will have the authority to regulate the safe, efficient, and responsible development of Alberta’s mineral resources.

We are seeking feedback on our proposed new Draft Directive: Brine-Hosted Mineral Resource Development. The draft directive sets out the requirements that industry must follow for mineral resource development and covers the entire development life cycle, from initiation through to closure. The draft directive introduces processes and requirements that are unique to brine-hosted minerals development while incorporating applicable oil and gas regulatory instruments.

Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules has been updated to include geothermal and brine-hosted mineral development. It now enables well, pipeline, and facility licensing requirements for geothermal and brine-hosted minerals development. Consequential amendments related to Directive 089: Geothermal Resource Development released in August 2022 (see Bulletin 2022-25) have also been made, but input on Directive 056 during this public comment period should focus on the brine-hosted mineral content.

To provide feedback on the draft directives, complete the public comment form on our website, > Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > AER Forms > Public Comment Form. Comments in other formats can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Alberta Energy Regulator, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4. Feedback will be accepted through October 31, 2022.

All feedback received will be reviewed and may be used in finalizing Draft Directive: Mineral Resource Development and Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules. 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 directives are available on our website at > Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > Directives. If you have any questions, contact our Customer Contact Centre by phone at 1-855-297-8311 or by email at [email protected].


$4M compost facility to be built beside landfill east of Edmonton

(Source: CBC News)  A municipally owned company that runs a large landfill in central Alberta plans to build a compost facility that could process up to 20,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. 

Claystone Waste Ltd. — formerly known as Beaver Municipal Solutions — is controlled by Beaver County, the towns of Tofield and Viking and the villages of Ryley and Holden. Like Epcor, the municipally owned corporation pays dividends to the communities when the business succeeds.

The corporation announced this week that it is beginning construction on a $4-million compost facility beside its landfill near the village of Ryley, which is about 85 kilometres east of Edmonton.

CEO Pierre Breau said the corporation wasn’t able to secure the contracts to process organic waste from the City of Edmonton but would be interested in doing so in the future. 

In the meantime, he said, the facility could serve other municipalities and clients in the private sector, like shopping malls.

“They want to be able to show that they’re doing green cart collections just because it’s the right thing to do, and many of them say they’re thrilled that we’re opening up a compost facility,” Breau told CBC News on Wednesday.

Claystone Waste Ltd. owns nine quarters of land near Ryley. The landfill occupies one quarter while the compost facility, which has been in the works since 2015, will be built on an adjacent one.

The company would make money by charging fees for dumping organic waste and it plans to give away the compost it creates.

Resident concerns

The west Edmonton composting company Cleanit Greenit Composting Systems recently lost its provincial licence and a court application for permission to keep running.

Some residents who live in neighbourhoods near that facility complained for years about odour.

Charles Young splits his time between Edmonton and his rural property, which is about 1500 metres from Claystone Waste’s landfill.

He said there is odour, traffic and noise from the landfill and he worries a compost facility could exacerbate those issues.

“I like composting — I’m thrilled with that — I just don’t know if it’s the right location,” he said.

Young said he wants the facility to be continually monitored

Tracey Carter-Janus, who lives about 200 metres from the landfill, said she was shocked to learn about the compost facility through CBC on Thursday and wished residents had been notified a year ago.

“It’s devastating,” she said.

Cater-Janus said she opposes the project and worries about effects on her property value.

Breau said the corporation has a plan to prevent odour, which typically results from a lack of oxygen.

Chief operating officer Corey Popick said organic material will be dumped on a concrete pad and screened so the company can determine how to manage every load.

He said each compost pile will be monitored with wireless temperature probes. The probes will send signals to a control system that determines how much air is blown through the piles. 

The company’s fail-safe is using a bulking agent, like wood chips. These would add carbon, rigidity, room for air to circulate, and be able to absorb volatile organic compounds.

“The biggest thing we have to do, as the operator, is not have any off-site mitigations… odour, air control and temperature management are the keys that we will need to monitor and optimize at all times,” Popick said.

Breau said the company is accountable to residents in the rural area.

“We’ll know immediately if, for whatever reason, we screwed up someone’s Saturday barbecue and we want to do everything possible not to do that,” he said. 

The facility is scheduled to start operating by the summer of 2023.


Up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding now available

Indigenous Peoples in Canada have long been environmental stewards on land, ice, and water and are the original leaders in sustainable development and natural resource management. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to support Indigenous leadership in conservation as we tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced that the department is now accepting expressions of interest for up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding. The Indigenous-led area-based conservation program provides funding to Indigenous Peoples to lead or co-lead projects to establish and recognize protected areas. This includes other effective area-based conservation measures across Canada, such as Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas that can contribute to Canada’s conservation targets.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will be accepting expressions of interest until November 14, 2022. To be eligible for funding, proposals must be Indigenous-led, contribute toward Canada’s conservation targets within the next few years, and have the support of the relevant provincial or territorial government, or reporting authority.

Conserved areas help address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, but also provide important benefits for Indigenous communities, the natural environment, and species at risk.

This is just one of the measures the Government of Canada is taking to protect nature as it prepares to welcome the world to Montréal in December 2022 for the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. COP15 presents an opportunity for Canada to show its leadership in taking actions to conserve nature and halt biodiversity loss around the world, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, the original guardians of the land.


Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada has a goal to protect 25 percent of lands and inland waters in Canada by 2025, and is supporting a global target to conserve 30 percent by 2030.

  • With 640 at-risk species in Canada and many of our wildlife populations in decline, the Government of Canada is committed to halting and reversing biodiversity loss in Canada by 2030.

  • Other effective area-based conservation measures are helping Canada achieve its conservation goals. They are areas managed and governed in ways that achieve positive biodiversity outcomes equal to those of a protected area.

  • Other effective area-based conservation measures recognize important conservation work that is already happening across the country. They are helping Canada take a holistic approach to biodiversity conservation and reaching our conservation goals.

  • United Nations data suggests Indigenous lands make up only around 20 percent of the Earth’s territory, but contain as much as 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

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Cleaning up Giant Mine will take longer and cost much more than planned

(Source: CabinRadio) Work to clean up Yellowknife’s Giant Mine will take at least seven years longer than initially planned and cost significantly more than the $1 billion already budgeted.

Officials on Wednesday stated active remediation at the toxic former gold mine will now take until at least 2038 instead of 2031. The delay had already been outlined in broader terms earlier in the year.

The federally led remediation project team says the extension is necessary partly because more work is required than originally planned and partly to avoid overwhelming northern contractors, especially as businesses in the NWT struggle to attract workers during a labour shortage.

“It seems like a long time but there is a lot of work to be done,” said Brad Thompson, regional project advisor for major projects at Public Services and Procurement Canada.

“What we didn’t appreciate are just the interdependencies, how one thing affects the other. We want to have a realistic schedule.

“We want to make sure northern businesses have the capacity to do this [and receive] maximum opportunities from what we’re doing.”

The current budget for remediation, $934 million, dates back to 2014. Officials said they had waited until now to update that estimate because the project’s scope had to be broadened after an earlier environmental assessment. Even figuring out how much work is required has taken years, while the work already completed has produced more waste than expected.

The new cost estimate is being kept secret until the federal treasury board considers it at a meeting currently scheduled for October 27. The project does not expect its new, larger budget request to be denied, adding recent inflation is also a factor.

“I would say the government appreciates the importance of this project,” said Thompson.

In many respects, Ottawa doesn’t have a choice.

Giant Mine, which operated from the 1940s until abandonment in 2005, sits on 237,000 tonnes of toxic arsenic trioxide.

The federal and territorial governments have no real option but to pay whatever it costs to contain that lethal mining byproduct in chambers below the mine. For now, the chosen method is freezing the arsenic trioxide in place using thermosyphons, which act like heat pumps to cool the rock around the chambers, freezing water around the rock and ensuring arsenic trioxide cannot leave.

Even once active remediation ends in the late 2030s, the thermosyphon system is essentially tasked with doing its work indefinitely until scientists devise a better solution. At the moment, moving the arsenic trioxide out of the underground chambers is considered too risky and there is no other realistic means of eliminating it.

While the taxpayer may not appreciate the extraordinary cost, a ballooning budget for the cleanup is not entirely bad news for the Northwest Territories.

The new, extended timeline is designed in part to ensure as much work as possible reaches northern and Indigenous businesses, following previous criticism that Giant’s economic benefits were not reaching enough local people.

On Wednesday, officials briefing reporters at the mine site said $313 million, around 48 percent of the contracts awarded since 2005, had been directed to Indigenous contractors.

Under the new plan, employment at the mine is set to peak in 2031, when the equivalent of around 260 full-time jobs will be available.

The remediation has in the past been likened to the opening of a new, small mine, such is the anticipated impact on employment in Yellowknife. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is now receiving more than $1.5 million annually through various initiatives, officials said on Wednesday, though the First Nation is in the process of seeking formal compensation and an apology from the federal government for the mine’s lasting toxic impact, which has caused multiple deaths, ruined the surrounding environment, and occurred on Canada’s watch.

Yet despite the money and jobs the remediation promises, the timeline extension announced on Wednesday also acknowledges the pressures on the city’s labour supply – and housing – if too many workers are needed at once, even though much of the remaining work is seasonal.

Even in the past few years, the work schedule for some projects – such as demolition of the 40 or so buildings that form the mine’s old town site – has slipped as challenges arise.

Those buildings are now due to come down in the spring of 2023.

Long boarded up, the deserted homes form a reminder that what is today a toxic burden was for decades Yellowknife’s lifeblood.

A man driving a busload of reporters around the site on Wednesday pointed to one of the homes, second from the end of a lakeside road. He had lived there in the 1990s.

Another major project expected in 2023 is construction of a year-round water treatment plant, which will allow the cleanup team to stop storing water on-site for much of each year, in turn hastening the speed at which the site can be remediated.

A lot of the work still to come involves, at least in part, managing water and reducing the risk contamination of that water might pose.

An assortment of other projects will involve cleanup of waste rock and open pits, filling in underground voids using a cement backfill to keep the surface stable, and even remediating the likes of roads, bridges and fences.

But the primary focus will be installation of 858 thermosyphons to achieve the main objective of keeping the underground rock at -5C year-round, freezing the arsenic trioxide in place.

If water gets close to that cooled rock, said Thompson, “it freezes and creates a shell around there, so water can never touch or mobilize the arsenic trioxide.”

The system has already been tested at the site. Work to deploy the first 250 or so thermosyphons is under way.

The bulk of that work is expected to take a decade, beginning in 2025.

The scale of contamination at the site is immense.

Though workers have been here for years and full-scale remediation began last year, one reporter on Wednesday’s site tour summed up the task ahead in stating to a colleague: “Everywhere you look, there’s crap.”

In one section of the site, hundreds of neatly aligned seacans each contain parts from the mine’s roaster, a gold separation facility once considered the most contaminated building in Canada.

When the time comes, the material inside every seacan will be placed into an old open pit at Giant, buried, and frozen just like the arsenic trioxide, locking the toxic building’s bones underground – essentially forever.

The project team is still figuring out what to do with hundreds of empty, highly contaminated seacans after that.

Elsewhere, a landfill currently being built will hold some 96,000 cubic metres of non-hazardous waste like wood and metal as buildings are deconstructed (asbestos, decidedly more hazardous, will be specially contained in a segregated area of that landfill). A further 84,000 cubic metres of waste will be held in a sludge pool next door.

Hazardous material is handed over to environmental firm KBL, which ordinarily ships such waste out of the territory to the south.


Salt-Affected Sites Survey

InnoTech Alberta is scoping an applied research program to address challenges related to the reclamation and remediation of salt-affected sites in Alberta. Preliminary consultation with industry and practitioners indicates that there are numerous challenges associated with salt-affected sites, including difficulty in revegetating naturally saline soils, challenges in remediating anthropogenic salinity to background values, and difficulty in navigating regulatory processes, such as the development of site-specific guidelines. We are seeking input from industry, regulators, and practitioners to understand key challenges and potential solutions related to salt-affected sites.

If you have experience managing salt-affected sites, please fill out the 5 min survey HERE by October 7, 2022.  Responses will be amalgamated and will not be attributed to specific organizations or individuals.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, they can be directed to Sara: [email protected]




New ESAA Members

ESAA welcomes the following new members.  If you are not a member of ESAA you can join now via:


Associate Member:

Harvest Operations Corp.

1000, 700-9th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3V4
Phone: (403) 837-9550


Jeff Stephenson


Harvest Operations Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC). Harvest is a significant operator in Canada’s energy industry offering exposure to exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas.


Full Members:

Calgary Aggregate Recycling Inc.

6020 94 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2C 2Z3
Phone: (403) 464-2974

Travis Carmichael, Operations Manager


Calgary Aggregate Recycling partners with industry on demolitions, road removal, and onsite concrete breakout projects. In order to provide our customers with top of the line product our team in the yard makes sure that all materials that go into the crusher are clean and clear of debris. With the support of Emissions Reductions Alberta, CAR is opening Canada’s first C&D Waste Recycling Facility. This facility will divert over half a million tonnes of construction waste from landfills each year, transforming waste into valuable sand and gravel. By partnering with Calgary Aggregate Recycling you are choosing sustainability, environmental stewardship, and the most economical choice for your business. Join us as we take substantial steps to creating long-term solutions for a more sustainable future.


EBM Geoscience Inc.

301, 221 – 10th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0V9
Phone: (403) 968-8727

Robert Wiedemann,  Principal, Senior Environmental Geoscientist
[email protected]


EBM Geoscience Inc. offers professional services in environmental consulting, specific to the risk assessment, remediation, and risk management of contaminated sites. Our purpose is to support the oil and gas industry through innovation and systematic improvement to create ecological, financial, and social outcomes for all stakeholders.


KLS Earthworks & Environmental

240039 Frontier Crescent
Rocky View County, AB T1X 0W6
Phone: (403) 807-1777

Christopher Powell, COO
[email protected]


KLS Earthworks & Environmental is an Western Canadian, Indigenous owned company. In operation since 1990, we are a leader in safety, civil construction, construction management, environmental and industrial construction. Safety is fundamental to our operations and our experienced team is equipped to take any project from start to finish, on-time and on budget.


 Upcoming Events


RemTech 2022

October 12-14, 2022
Fairmont Banff Springs

Program Now Available

5 Delegate Passes Remaining

ESAA is pleased to announce that program for 21st edition of RemTech is now available.   The program will feature 80 talks on variety of topics including:
  • Alberta Environment and Parks Updates
  • Alberta Energy Regulator Updates
  • Bioremediation
  • Business Growth and Support
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Groundwater
  • Indigenous Engagement and Consultation
  • In-Situ Treatment and Management
  • Interesting Projects
  • Legal / Regulatory
  • Natural Attenuation of Petroleum NAPLs (NSZD)
  • PTAC Reclamation and Remediation Research Update
  • Research and Technology
  • Risk Management
The complete program can be found online at:  
RemTech 2022 will also feature an out door tailgate party to start the conference, the Magic of RemTech Reception on Thursday, and Introduction to Indigenous Engagement and Consultation Workshop, 52 exhibits, technical talks, networking opportunities and four great keynotes, featuring:
  • Mark Hineline, Author, How Editors, Booksellers, Publishers, and Other Bookish Types Helped Craft the Environmental Movement in North America
  • Dr. Dave Williams, Former Canadian Shuttle Astronaut, ER Doctor and 
  • A conservation update from the Wilder Institute (Calgary Zoo)
  • Peter Mansbridge, Former Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National
Full conference details can be found at:
Registration:  5 delegate passes still available.  Registration capped at 650 people – visit: to register.


AER: Training Event: Introducing AER’s OneStop for New Industry Users

This 90-minute live online session will introduce new users to the AER’s OneStop system. Learn how to access the tool, navigate the system, and use its basic functions. OneStop experts will also be available to answer questions throughout the demonstration.

Event Date and Time

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. This training event will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.


To register, sign up through Eventbrite.


Webinar:  Assessing Risks for Soils: Challenges and Opportunities

Start Date: Oct 18, 2022
End Date: Oct 18, 2022
Details: SETAC Webinar Series fromthe Global Soils Advisory Group

Note this is a global event so the timezone for Alberta is earl (7 am).
To balance economic objectives with the preservation and protection of soils, particularly in light of the goals of the green deal and the soil strategy for 2030, we need to first understand the current state of soil biodiversity and the diversity of soil types in general, as well as occurring soil threats. We need to explore and improve technologies that enable a multi-system or ecosystem-based approach to measure the impact of stress on soils, and we require an overarching regulatory framework to support sustainable soil systems across different habitats and land use types (e.g., agricultural or industrial land use). It’s a complex subject requiring cooperation among scientists and regulators. The webinar is for the SETAC and general soil science communities, and it will provide a forum to inform, understand and discuss pertinent issues and strategic paths forward to support our common goal for a sustainable, healthy soil ecosystems.

Website Link To Register:


Webinar:  Assessing Risks for Soils: Challenges and Opportunities

Start Date: Oct 19, 2022
End Date: Oct 19, 2022
Details: SETAC Webinar Series from the Global Soils Advisory Group

Note this is a global event so the timezone for Alberta is early (7 am).
To balance economic objectives with the preservation and protection of soils, particularly in light of the goals of the green deal and the soil strategy for 2030, we need to first understand the current state of soil biodiversity and the diversity of soil types in general, as well as occurring soil threats. We need to explore and improve technologies that enable a multi-system or ecosystem-based approach to measure the impact of stress on soils, and we require an overarching regulatory framework to support sustainable soil systems across different habitats and land use types (e.g., agricultural or industrial land use). It’s a complex subject requiring cooperation among scientists and regulators. The webinar is for the SETAC and general soil science communities, and it will provide a forum to inform, understand and discuss pertinent issues and strategic paths forward to support our common goal for a sustainable, healthy soil ecosystems.

Website Link To Register:


ESAA Job Board

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

Current Listings:
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist – Trace Associates Inc.
  • Senior/Intermediate Emissions Specialist – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc
  • Field Project Manager – Clean Harbors
  • Environmental Scientist (Biology/Biologist) – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Junior Environmental Specialist – Evotek Consulting Inc.
  • Intermediate Environmental Specialist –Evotek Consulting Inc. (2)
  • Environmental Engineers/Scientists/Technologists – Nichols Environmental (Canada) Ltd.
  • Intermediate Environmental Science/Field Technologist – Stantec Consulting
  • Crew Truck Lead Hand (2) – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Field Robotics Technician – Copperstone Technologies Ltd
  • Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead – Robot operator – Copperstone Technologies Ltd
  • Practice Area Lead, Natural Sciences – Trace Associates Inc.
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist – Trace Associates Inc.
  • Project Coordinator – Summit, An Earth Services Company
  • Senior Technical Specialist – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Intermediate Environmental Specialist – Summit, An Earth Services Company
  • Environmental Permitting Officer – Natural Resources Conservation Board
  • CAD/GIS Technician – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Reclamation Policy Analyst – Alberta Environment & Parks
  • Environmental Analyst – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Hydrogeologist – Summit, An earth Services Company




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