July 17, 2006

Developer, landowner ordered to remove contaminated soil

EDMONTON, ALTA-Alberta Environment has ordered a developer and a landowner to remove soil from land in Strathcona County after tests indicated some of it was contaminated. While the material is not considered hazardous, the test results showed levels of heavy metals exceeding guidelines set by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME). An environmental protection order issued to Met Developments and landowner Luke Frigon under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act requires both parties to submit for departmental approval a plan for removing the soil and disposing of it at an appropriate site. An Alberta Environment investigation determined Met Developments transferred the soil to Frigon, who used it in constructing an earthen berm as a noise barrier. In June, the department received public complaints about the berm containing debris such as steel, concrete, glass and wood. The fill came from a property in southeast Edmonton, owned by Met Developments. The site was a former landfill which had been capped with soil.

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