County Receives ESRD

  • Mar. 4, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Leduc County issued an Environmental Protection Order from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) in relation to the former Kavanagh Landfill after ESRD said there is no evidence the site was reclaimed after it was closed in the early 1970s.

Leduc County has said it will work with ESRD and is taking the order seriously but County staff said the work was done. “To the best of our recollection, we are led to believe that it has been reclaimed to the standards of the time,” said Acting County manager Allan Krasowski.

In a release, ESRD said that despite the fact the County received grant money in 1976 to reclaim the property when the landfill was shut down, a 2013 site inspection found that previously deposited waste, including rusted metal car parts, glass, plastic and cinder blocks, was coming to the surface across the site and that these substances are harmful to the environment, human health and safety and the property.

Krasowski said he’s been with Leduc County for 37 years and remembers when his predecessor told councillors in the 1980s the site had been reclaimed.

“Unfortunately, he is no longer with us and if I had been here three years before I would have better information on what happened.”

The problem, said Krasowski, is that no one keeps records for 40 years so the County at this point has not been able to present ESRD with the Closure Certificate they would have received when the site was reclaimed and the provincial government doesn’t have a record of it either.

“It’s 40 years ago and due to policy, procedural and personnel changes, there’s no one here or there who can verify the work was done,” said Krasowski.

The Environmental Protection Order is asking the County to clean up the site to today’s standards and while the County is cooperating fully with ESRD’s investigation, they are also looking at filing an appeal.

“Leduc County is committed to being a steward of the lands,” said Krasowski, “and we will do what we need to do.”

Leduc County no longer owns the property in question.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

File photo
Alberta’s central zone has 670 active cases

301 new cases identified Sunday

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer reports 25th COVID-19 death

415 new cases identified provincially Saturday

Alberta Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Red Deer Friday. (Image courtesy CDC)
Two more deaths linked to Olymel outbreak in Red Deer

Province reported 356 additional COVID-19 cases Friday

Black Press file photo
Wetaskiwin RCMP execute search warrant; illegal drugs seized

Two Wetaskiwin residents have been charged with possession and trafficking of Methamphetamine.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks during a news conference in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2020. It’s budget day in the province, and Kenney’s United Conservative government is promising more help in the fight against COVID, but more red ink on the bottom line. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta’s budget promises more help for COVID-19 with a hard deficit

Annual spending on debt interest is closing in on $3 billion

People line up outside a vaccine clinic as seniors wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Edmonton Alta, on Friday February 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Health Services head sorry for glitches in vaccine booking system for seniors

AHS president said technical issues have been fixed and a virtual waiting room is in place

Vandalism is shown on Alberta NDP MLA Janis Irwin’s constituency office in Edmonton in this handout photo on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney quickly condemned vandalism at an Opposition legislature member Janis Irwin’s Edmonton office after the MLA posted pictures showing her front window spray-painted with the words “Antifa Liar.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Janis Irwin *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Alberta Premier slams vandalism after slur painted on MLA’s office window

Edmonton MLA Janis Irwin posted pictures showing the front window spray-painted with the words ‘Antifa Liar’

A helicopter flies past a mountain near McBride, B.C., on Saturday January 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Avalanche warning for backcountry users in North and South Rockies

Avalanche Canada is urging backcountry users to always check their regional avalanche forecasts

Supporters pray outside court in Stony Plain, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, as a trial date was set for Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church. He is charged with holding Sunday services in violation of Alberta’s COVID-19 rules and with breaking conditions of his bail release. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Trial date for jailed Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders

The court says it will reconvene with lawyers on March 5 for a case management plan by teleconference

A pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Canada approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

The country joins more than a dozen others in giving the shot the green light

Sylvan Lake's Winter Village lured many visitors to the town this winter. The town has launched a new contest to attract a new business.
(Black Press file photo)
Sylvan Lake offering rent-free storefront space to lure new businesses

Winning business proposal will get a storefront space rent-free for a year

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP will not trigger election as long as pandemic continues: Singh

‘“We will vote to keep the government going’

Most Read