June 13-20, 2005

Construction firm ordered to clean up, reclaim affected land

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA-Walter Construction has been ordered by the Alberta government to clean up land near Pincher Creek. An environmental protection order issued under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act requires the company to conduct a detailed site assessment describing the extent of deficiencies still remaining on the affected land. Walter Construction must also draw up a reclamation plan outlining how the land will be returned to an acceptable state. The order stems from several inspections, conducted since 1992, which found incomplete surface reclamation of a gravel mining operation. Alberta Environment has made continuing attempts to have the company fulfill its reclamation obligations.

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