Although the plant has not been in service since 2006, a functioning groundwater recovery system is required to ensure on-site contaminated groundwater is removed and treated. The recovery system in place has not been operational since approvals for the plant were transferred to Harold Jahn and his company, Heartland Industrial Park Inc., in 2011. Government has made multiple attempts to resolve the matter over the past two years, but the contamination issue remains unresolved.

The enforcement order requires Mr. Jahn and the company to submit and implement a decommissioning and reclamation plan for the plant and a monitoring plan for the site’s groundwater. The order sets out due dates for each plan, beginning January 4, 2013.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans continue to enjoy a clean and healthy environment. When individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation, government has a range of options depending on the offence. Enforcement orders are issued under the authority of Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act to ensure immediate action is taken to correct a situation.

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