White­court’s re­sponse to Al­berta en­vi­ron­ment charges

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The Town of White­court takes these charges very se­ri­ously. They ap­pear to re­late to work con­ducted by the Land­fill Author­ity ap­prox­i­mately one and a half years ago, in­volv­ing the de­vel­op­ment of a new cell and a new leachate col­lec­tion and dis­charge sys­tem. A con­cern was raised by Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Parks in late 2016, and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted. The Land­fill Author­ity and Town of White­court co­op­er­ated fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at that time.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is sur­prised by these charges, es­pe­cially given how much time has passed since the work was un­der­taken, but we are cur­rently re­view­ing the mat­ter and these charges with le­gal coun­sel, to de­ter­mine how best to re­spond, what changes, if any, need to be made with re­spect to the op­er­a­tions of the Land­fill Author­ity, and to en­sure that White­court’s and the pub­lic’s ex­pec­ta­tions that mu­nic­i­pal op­er­a­tions will meet the high­est stan­dards of com­pli­ance and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion are met.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity will re­frain from any ad­di­tional com­ments re­spect­ing these charges while the mat­ter is be­ing re­viewed both in­ter­nally and by our le­gal coun­sel, and while these charges are be­fore the court.

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