October 23, 2006

Three companies ordered to clean up former service station site

EDMONTON, ALTA-An environmental protection order issued by Alberta Environment orders three companies to clean up a former service station site contaminated by gasoline leaks from underground storage tanks. SP79 Investments, Petro-Canada and Gulf Canada are required to take immediate action to ensure that all contaminated soils, subsoils and groundwater are removed from the site in Beaumont. The companies must also clean up four surrounding properties. The order was issued after Alberta Environment found that contamination on the site exceeded provincial limits. Tests done for the department also showed that the contamination had spread underground to two residential properties, one residential/commercial property and one site owned by the town of Beaumont. Shallow groundwater has been affected, but since this water is not used for domestic purposes there is no health risk. The companies must submit a written remediation plan to Alberta Environment by November 30, 2006. They have until May 31, 2007, to complete the cleanup of the site.

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