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Environmental Protection Order issued to remediate site of fertilizer spill

Alberta Environment and Parks has ordered 1370996 Alberta Ltd. to carry out activities to prevent impacts to aquatic life in the Little Bow River.

Incident details

  • On July 15, 2015, a fertilizer storage tank owned by the company ruptured and approximately 9,800 litres of urea ammonium nitrate was released onto the site.
  • The fertilizer migrated into the soil and offsite towards the Little Bow River.
  • The quantity of fertilizer in the soil and rock between the site and the Little Bow River is unknown.
  • The contractor engaged by the company’s insurer requested permission to cease remedial activities until soil analysis results were received.
  • The Alberta Environment and Parks compliance manager believes the actions undertaken are insufficient to confine the substance or prevent the potential for adverse effect.

Terms of the Environmental Protection Order

1370996 Alberta Ltd. must:

  • Submit all raw data, analytical results, field results, and written and verbal reports to the regional compliance manager;
  • Submit a written delineation and excavation plan, signed by a registered professional, to the regional compliance manager by July 24, 2015;
  • Submit a written aquatic environmental assessment plan, signed by a registered professional, to the regional compliance manager by July 24, 2015;
  • Implement the aquatic environmental assessment plan and delineation and excavation plan as approved by the regional compliance manager.

Environmental Protection Orders are used to prevent or remediate the effects of a substance release that may cause an adverse effect on the environment under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. They are one of many tools – including education and prevention – used by the Alberta government to ensure all Albertans can continue to enjoy a safe and healthy environment.

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