The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) requires conservation and reclamation of lands to return them to equivalent land capability and to obtain a reclamation certificate following disturbance.
When a hazardous or toxic substance is released to the environment, EPEA requires responsible parties to report and assess the release and to clean up the release in a timely manner. Risks to human health and ecological receptors must be minimized and managed to avoid adverse effects.
Reclamation and Remediation
Reclamation is returning disturbed land to a state where it is useful once again. It often involves reconstruction of land for an approved land use at a disturbed site. Reclamation is a combination of natural and applied sciences used to understand, assess and minimize the impacts of human activities on landscapes and natural resources. The purpose of reclamation is to conserve, rebuild and repair the quality of the soil, vegetation and landscape in ecosystems that have been disturbed or damaged by activities.
Remediation is reducing, removing or destroying substances in soil, water or groundwater through the application of physical, chemical or biological processes. These substances may adversely affect human health and the environment if left at concentrations exceeding natural background concentrations.
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) provides guidelines and criteria for remediating contaminated sites and reclaiming disturbed lands. AEP also establishes standards for professionals who oversee reclamation and remediation.
As AEP rebuilds its Reclamation and Remediation website, the content in these webpages is not exhaustive. Where content in these webpages shows discrepancy with published legislation documents, guidelines or programs, the latter shall prevail.
For users working on upstream energy and resource development projects, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), should be consulted.
Land Reclamation and Remediation Email Notification Service
The Land Reclamation and Soil and Groundwater e-mail subscription lists have been merged.
Existing subscribers are now on the Land Reclamation and Remediation e-mail information service. This service will continue to provide announcements and updates on the Upstream Oil and Gas Reclamation and Remediation program as well as other areas of land remediation and reclamation.
AEP uses email notifications to keep subscribers informed about new policies, guidelines and related initiatives. If you wish to receive AEP’s reclamation and remediation news, add your email to the subscription form below.
Subscription is open to AEP staff, industry, consultants and members of the public.
For land reclamation and remediation questions, contact Land Policy Branch at:
To contact the nearest Alberta Environment and Parks Regional Office, please see:
Updated: Apr 16, 2018