June 11, 2007

Compliance problems lead to environmental enforcement order for Edmonton hazwaste processor

EDMONTON, ALTA-Custom Environmental Services, a hazardous waste processing facility in Edmonton, has been issued an environmental enforcement order for failing to comply with requirements of its operating approval under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. The order stems from several inspections conducted by Alberta Environment since February 2005, which revealed non-compliance issues. Under its terms, Custom Environmental Services must immediately remove all liquid and solid hazardous waste stored in SEACAN containers, as these are inappropriate for containing liquids, and must provide and maintain one metre of aisle space between waste containers stored at the facility, in accordance with the conditions of its approval. The company must also submit a report no later than June 15, 2007, detailing how it has achieved compliance with the order, and by the end of this month must present Alberta Environment a detailed plan for complying with other requirements of the order by no later than December 31, 2007. Finally, the firm must, by May 31, 2008, have the facility certified under environmental management systems specifications, which detail the steps required to ensure the facility conforms with environmental policy and international standards. Failure to comply with the order may result in further enforcement action.

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