Ongoing Situations

Vehicle rollover: Hwy 1 at RR 283

February 21, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.

At approximately 2:50 p.m., a rollover of a truck and hopper trailers hauling solid sulphur occurred at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Rural Route 283. Approximately 31,000 kilograms of a 41,230 kg load spilled onto the side of the highway. The Chestermere Fire Department is on scene. There are some hotspots in the sulphur; however, as there is a waterbody nearby, minimal water has been applied to prevent runoff from becoming an issue. One lane of Hwy 1 has been shut down.

Alberta Environment and Parks Support Emergency Response Team (ASERT) has deployed a regional responder to complete a scene assessment and provide support to the Chestermere Fire Department. The Chestermere Fire Department is in the process of contacting the product’s shipper to initiate a response on the spill cleanup. Once the responsible party is on scene, a cleanup plan will be required that meets Alberta Environment and Parks expectations for spill management and clean-up.

Taber Industrial Fire

February 14, 2017 - 6:15 p.m.

On Feb 11, a large industrial fire occurred at a chemical storage and manufacturing plant in Taber, Alberta.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is working with the party responsible for the plant towards removal of remaining dangerous goods from the site prior to site remediation.

The responsible party has acquired an additional third party environmental company that was on site late February 14 to begin site assessments, site sampling and complete the plans requested by AEP. The responsible party in conjunction with the Taber fire department has also constructed earthen berms in the ditches leading off site to contain any site runoff water from leaving site during melting conditions. Runoff water is being recovered with vacuum trucks and disposed of at the waste water treatment plant as required.

A stainless steel receiving tank has been mobilized to the site and will be utilized to transload the sulfuric acid from the onsite tanks. This will then be removed from site and disposed of at an approved facility. Hazmat teams will work in conjunction with the environmental company to gather up and package the remaining hazardous materials on site.

Bow River Watershed Infected with Whirling Disease

February 10, 2017

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has declared the Bow River watershed infected with whirling disease and the province of Alberta a buffer zone.

The CFIA’s announcement covers all streams, creeks, lakes and rivers that feed into the Bow River. This includes water bodies in Banff National Park, the Elbow River and the Bow River itself. The affected zone ends at the confluence of the Bow River and South Saskatchewan River.

The declaration requires that provincial aquaculture facilities and Class A fish farms, which cultivate salmonids, will have to test fish for whirling disease and implement approved biosecurity protocols in order to obtain a permit from CFIA to stock fish from the infected area.

Moving Forward

  • There are currently no plans to make changes that will affect fishing in the Bow River.
  • The ongoing objective, related to whirling disease in Alberta’s wild fish populations, is detection and delineation, and where possible, containment.
  • Public engagement and education are essential to help stop the spread of whirling disease in Alberta. Actions include:
    • Posting educational materials and decontamination instructions on the Environment and Parks website and distribution through social media
    • Using Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft inspection stations to provide education materials to boaters and anglers
    • Providing online updates of sample results and locations
    • Working with stakeholders, such as the Alberta Fish and Game Association and the Alberta Angling Outfitters, to communicate with its members and the public about preventing the spread of whirling disease
    • Using existing "Clean, Drain and Dry" education campaign materials to prevent the spread of whirling disease by anglers and boaters

Some of the ways Alberta is helping prevent the spread of whirling disease

  • Examining potential legislative tools that could help stop the spread of the disease
  • Using existing legislation to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as the drain plug rule for motorized boats (all watercraft must have their drain plugs pulled while in transport), prohibition of releasing live fish and water and mandatory watercraft inspection stations

More Information

Bovine Tuberculosis

November 1, 2016

A case of bovine tuberculosis in a cow was linked to a property in southeastern Alberta. Some hunters may have concerns about the impacts to the elk hunts associated with the Canadian Forces Suffield (CFB Suffield).

For more information on bovine tuberculosis please see:

Temporary Restriction Order – Motorized Use in Hummingbird Trail System

July 28, 2016

A temporary restriction on motorized trail use has been issued for sections of the Hummingbird Trail System in the Upper Clearwater/Ram Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ).

For more information see:

 

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