In October 2008, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) received information about potential contamination at the light industrial site. As a result of the information, ESRD launched an investigation to determine the source of contamination and gain a commitment to remediate.

The investigation revealed significant contamination of the soil and groundwater on site and indicated that contaminants have migrated from the site. The contaminants are consistent with the operations overseen by McInnis, and include benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and hydrocarbons.

Under the environmental protection order, McInnis must provide a plan to remediate the contamination. The plan must be prepared by a qualified environmental professional. McInnis must also implement the remediation plan and provide monthly status reports about the clean up. Once the work is complete, McInnis must provide ESRD with a final report summarizing the remediation.

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, a number of options are available depending on the offence to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Environmental protection orders are issued under Alberta's environmental legislation to ensure immediate action is taken to correct a situation.

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Carrie Sancartier
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

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