Whitecourt’s response to Alberta environment charges
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.