Announcements

Changes to Remediation Certificate Applications Start January 1, 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, applications for Remediation Certificates will change due to amendments to the former Remediation Certificate Regulation. For details, see:

Alberta’s Remediation Certificate Program

To view the amendment to the regulation, visit the Alberta Queens Printer website at:

New Voluntary Remediation Certificates. Effective January 1, 2019

AEP will offer two types of voluntary remediation certificates. Further information on these certificates can be found below.

A "limited" remediation certificate that certifies an area has been remediated to the appropriate standard, similar to the previous "area-based" remediation certificate.

A "site-based" remediation certificate that certifies that the entire site has been remediated to the appropriate standard.

If you have assessed your area of land or site and it meets Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines, and remediation is not required, you may apply for a Tier 2 Compliance Letter. This letter does not provide the protective regulatory closure of a remediation certificate, however it does provide administrative closure by confirming that no further work is required to meet Alberta Tier 2 objectives.

Applicants who applied prior to January 1, 2019 should continue to refer to the current Guide to Remediation Certificates for Contaminated Sites. See below to access this guide.

Overview

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) officially recognizes completed remediation projects with certificates. Participation in this program is voluntary.

To be eligible for a remediation certificate, applicants must demonstrate remediation success and complete a Remediation Certificate Application Form as described in the Limited or Site-based Guides to Remediation Certificates.

To review the overview presentation on remediation certificates, see: Remediation Certificates 101 (PDF, 1.9 MB)

General application information

Site owners or developers that would like to receive a remediation certificate must:

  • submit a completed Remediation Certificate Application form
  • pay an application fee of $1,000
  • provide the applicant signature and that of a professional regulatory organization member

For more information about who can sign the applications, see: Professional sign off

Remediation Certificates for Contaminated Sites

This program provides remediation certificates for general contaminated sites. In addition to petroleum storage tank sites, this program includes approved facilities, facilities under Codes of Practice and other commercial and industrial contaminated sites. This program does not apply to upstream oil and gas activities.

Remediation Certificates for Upstream Oil and Gas Sites

The Alberta Energy Regulator is responsible for reviewing remediation certificates for upstream oil and gas sites such as wellsites, pipelines and batteries. This program does not apply to processing facilities that are considered part of downstream operations or facilities that operate under approval with AEP, such as sour gas processing facilities.