Land­fill op­er­a­tors face en­vi­ron­men­tal charges

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

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The Al­berta gov­ern­ment has laid charges against the Town of White­court and Wood­lands County, op­er­a­tors of the White­court Re­gional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity, for of­fences un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act.

In­ci­dent de­tails

The Town of White­court has been charged with 18 counts and the county has been charged with 12 counts un­der the act for con­tra­ven­ing terms or con­di­tions of their ap­proval and for tak­ing ac­tions at the land­fill that re­quired amend­ments to their ap­proval. The charges re­late to events that oc­curred be­tween Sept. 12 and Nov. 28, 2016.

The charges in­clude: o Know­ingly con­tra­ven­ing a term or con­di­tion of an ap­proval, con­trary to sec­tion 227(d) of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act.

o Con­tra­ven­ing a term or con­di­tion of an ap­proval, con­trary to sec­tion 227(e) of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act.

o Mak­ing a change to an ac­tiv­ity, the man­ner in which it is car­ried on, or any ma­chin­ery, equip­ment or process that is re­lated to the car­ry­ing on of the ac­tiv­ity un­less an ap­proval or an amend­ment to an ap­proval au­tho­riz­ing the change is is­sued, con­trary to sec­tion 67(1) of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act.

The first court ap­pear­ance is set for Oct. 23 in White­court Pro­vin­cial Court.

Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Parks fo­cuses on ed­u­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion and en­force­ment to en­sure all Al­ber­tans con­tinue to en­joy a clean and healthy en­vi­ron­ment. When in­di­vid­u­als, com­pa­nies, or mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties fail to com­ply with en­vi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion, En­vi­ron­ment and Parks has a range of op­tions, de­pend­ing on the of­fence, to en­sure com­pli­ance.

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