Lawyers for Leduc County are appealing an Environmental Protection Order issued by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) regarding the former Kavanagh Landfill earlier this month.
Forty years after the landfill was closed, ESRD issued the order as it has no records the landfill was closed and reclaimed. This was done after a site investigation in 2013 found that previously deposited waste, including rusted metal car parts, glass, plastic and cinder blocks, were coming to the surface across the site and that these substances are harmful to the environment, human health and safety and the property.
“Leduc County feels the landfill was closed under the standards of the day,” said Allan Krasowski, acting County manager. “Giving us seven days after 40 years really wasn’t fair.”
The appeal was filed, said Krasowski, to protect the County’s rights and to ensure they have an opportunity to continue to investigate their own records and historical information.
“It’s a legal process that our lawyers filed on our behalf,” he said. “Now that it’s been done we can broaden how our investigation takes place.”
This includes looking into other entities.
Krasowski said the County will do what ever needs to be done, “We are good stewards of the land.” The appeal, he added, will just give them time to gather as much information as possible to present their case prior to meeting with the province again.