The Town of Whitecourt has released a response regarding the environmental charges they and Woodlands County are facing.
Last week, Whitecourt was charged with 18 counts and the County 12 counts under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for “contravening terms or conditions of their approval and for taking actions at the landfill that required amendments to their approval.”
In a statement released Tuesday, the Town says the charges appear to relate to work conducted by the Landfill Authority about a year and a half ago, involving the development of a new cell and a new leachate collection and discharge system.
Alberta Environment and Parks raised a concern in late 2016, prompting an investigation to which the Town says they and the Landfill Authority cooperated with at the time.
Whitecourt says they are surprised by the charges given the amount of time that has passed and takes the charges seriously. The Town is meeting with legal counsel to review the matter and determine what changes, if any, need to be made with respect to operations of the Landfill Authority.
Neither Town or County officials have any further comments as the matter is now before the courts.