Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils

Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (2015) under Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Approvals

The Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (2015) supersedes the earlier version of the Directive (AEW, 2011) and the Soil Monitoring Guidelines in the Department’s 1989 Air Monitoring Directive. It specifies the regulatory requirements by the Department and the Alberta Energy Regulator on monitoring and mitigation activities for the impact of sulphur dust on soils in the vicinity of an approved plant that handles solid elemental sulphur. Professional guidance is also provided.

The 2015 version of the Directive will come into force for relevant EPEA approvals in the following manner:

  • For approvals that already have included the Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (AEW, 2011) as amended, no change in approvals will be needed as the updated Directive will become effective automatically on January 1, 2016.
  • For approvals that still follow the Soil Monitoring Guidelines under the 1989 Air Monitoring Directive, the approvals must be amended to reflect the changes in monitoring and mitigation requirements as outlined in the Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (AEW, 2011) as amended. Prior to any approval amendment, the approval holders may voluntarily use the 2015 version of the Directive, but they will need to clarify the reporting requirements with the Director. In this case they must choose the updated Directive or remain with the 1989 Soil Monitoring Guidelines in their entirety - they cannot use both.

The updated Directive and associated documents can be accessed with the following web-links:

Contacts

For general comments and questions regarding this updated Directive, contact:

Land Policy Branch
Alberta Environment and Parks
10th Floor, 9820-106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6
Phone: (780) 427-2700
Email: land.management@gov.ab.ca

For site-specific issues related to this Directive, please see the FAQs web page about the updated Directive, or contact relevant staff members of Alberta Environment and Parks or Alberta Energy Regulator.

 

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Updated: Mar 2, 2016