Industrial and Municipal Guidance

Industrial and municipal facilities regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) or the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) must follow operating requirements specified in an Approval or Code of Practice. Operating requirements for facilities with the potential to release substances onto land include provisions for monitoring and managing soil contamination.

The Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (2015) provides monitoring requirements specific to sulphur handling facilities.

The Soil Monitoring Directive (2009) outlines monitoring requirements for a wide range of industrial facilities.

The publications below include guidance for setting industrial release limits and guidelines for the beneficial use of industrial or municipal by-products as soil amendments.

Industrial Approval Applications

To learn about how to prepare an industrial approval application, see:

Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (2015)

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 for monitoring and mitigating the impact of sulphur dust on soils in the vicinity of facilities that handle solid elemental sulphur. Professional guidance is also provided.

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

  • For approvals that reference the Directive for Monitoring the Impact of Sulphur Dust on Soils (AEW, 2011), as amended, no change in approvals is needed as the updated Directive is effective since 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 Directive can be viewed at:

Related Resources

Supporting documents for the Directive can be viewed at:

For site-specific issues related to this Directive, please see the FAQs web page about the updated Directive, or contact relevant staff members of AEP or the AER.

To learn about landfill disposal of industrial sulphur waste or remediation of sulphur-containing soils, see:

Soil Monitoring Directive (2009) for Monitoring and Managing Soil Contamination
Under EPEA Approvals

The Soil Monitoring Directive (2009) must be used to conduct monitoring and management of soil contamination at approved plants in Alberta where such requirements are identified under an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval. The Directive provides regulatory requirements and professional guidance for monitoring and managing soil contamination at industrial facilities. See the following for further information:

In accordance with Alberta's contaminated sites management framework, the Directive mandates the use of other regulatory tools, including:

Technical Resources

To search for terms and conditions of an existing approved facility in Alberta, see:


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Updated: Sep 28, 2018