Wheatland County wants to keep the residents informed as much as possible during GFL’s removal process.

According to approved removal plan, GFL is to provide updates on removal activities, H2S levels, and number of truckloads removed with weights of each load. In the plan, Wheatland County will be receiving these reports and distributing them as a ‘neutral conduit’. These activity reports can be found on the bottom of this page or if you would prefer to have these reports emailed to you, send us an email to gflremoval@wheatlandcounty.ca.

Inquiries from local residents regarding the plan should be submitted to strathmore@gflenv.com and CC: gflremoval@wheatlandcounty.ca.

Success Factors

The goal is to eliminate the existing pile of aged organic materials known as the “legacy pile” from the GFL Strathmore Compost Facility.
 
  1. The removal of the legacy pile is to be completed by June 30, 2020.
  2. The process and techniques used to remove/process of the pile must take place in a manner to mitigate as much as reasonably acceptable any fugitive odoursfrom the pile.
  3. The process and techniques used must be conducted during normal working hours permitted for the site.
  4. Wheatland County will distribute information provided by GFL regarding this plan to County residents as a “neutral conduit”.
  5. Ongoing monitoring and progress reporting of the material being removed or processed will be maintained in accordance with this plan.
  6. Upon completion of the project there will be a verification report provided to the major stakeholders – AEP and Wheatland County.
  7. All personnel and equipment resources used to facilitate this project will be the sole responsibility and control of GFL.
  8. GFL recognizes the need for a mechanism for the County to be satisfied that the legacy pile has been removed following the completion of the removal plan. To this end, a visual inspection by County officials for the purpose of verifying removal once GFL confirms the removal plan has been completed will be arranged.

Updates

  • April 1, 2020 – On April 1, workers will be preparing the site for removal of the “legacy pile”. Trucks are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, April 2, to begin removing the materials. The trucks will be accessing the site via Township 250 and Range Road 250.
  • April 2, 2020 – Wheatland County sent a Notice of Decision to GFL and the landowner. The Notice of Decision includes the approved Removal Plan and Risk Management Plan (pages four to seven) which outlines measures GFL will take to eliminate the existing pile of aged organic materials known as the legacy pile, and how they will do so while mitigating risks such as odours and equipment malfunctions. In carrying out the Plan, GFL will comply with all requirements that Alberta Environment and Parks has or will impose or request relating in any way to the handling, treatment, removal, or transportation of hazardous materials. In addition, GFL will comply with all requirements that Alberta Environment and Parks has or will impose or request relating in any way to any sampling of soil or water.
  • April 6, 2020 – The first application of dust control was applied adjacent to residents’ properties along the haul route on Township 250.
  • April 7, 2020 – The second application of dust abatement has been installed this morning. Calcium has been installed along Range Road 250 the entire length from Township Road 250 to the site entrance.

Activity Reports

GFL will prepare and submit reports as described in the table within the removal plan. The reports submitted to Wheatland County will be distributed by the County as a “neutral conduit”. For days when no on-site removal activity is undertaken, no daily reports will be required or provided.

If you would prefer to have these reports emailed to you, send us an email to gflremoval@wheatlandcounty.ca.

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