Section 117 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act allows for the issuance of remediation certificates for land that has been properly remediated where a release of a substance into the environment has occurred and that release has caused, is causing or has the potential to cause an adverse effect. On June 3, 2009, the Alberta Remediation Certificate Regulation became law, providing a form of regulatory closure for sites that are voluntarily remediated.
Alberta Environment will be implementing the remediation certificate program using a phased approach, focusing first on the province's petroleum storage tank sites. Remediation Certificates have been available in relation to petroleum storage tank sites since June 2009.
Alberta Environment has released the Guide to Remediation Certificates for Petroleum Storage Tank Sites (the "Guide") to provide guidance on the operation of the new remediation program. The Guide notes that "remediation certification is a voluntary process of regulatory liability closure for a remediated area. If the remediated area meets the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines (Alberta Environment, 2007 a, as amended) and Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines (Alberta Environment 2007b, as amended), a remediation certificate may be issued."
A link to Alberta Environment's website regarding Remediation Certificates for Petroleum Storage Tanks can be viewed at: http://environment.alberta.ca/3498.html.
A copy of the Remediation Certificate Regulation can be viewed at: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=2009_154.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=9780779741663.
A copy of Alberta Environment's Guide to Remediation Certificates for Petroleum Storage Tank Sites can be accessed at: http://environment.alberta.ca/3501.html