GFL Appeal Hearing Decision
The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (the “Board”) has submitted their decision regarding the appeals of two Stop Orders issued by Wheatland County (the “County”) on July 3 and 5, 2019 against GFL Environmental Inc. (“GFL”) and Gail Ann Cleeve (collectively, the “Appellants”). The appeal hearing was held on September 5, 2019 at the Wheatland County Administration Office. The hearing of this appeal was formally concluded on October 24, 2019. We encourage you to read the full signed decision (https://bit.ly/34vcYfe).
The Legacy Pile should be removed in a reasonable and expedient manner; however, it cannot be processed further without the addition of further feedstock and organic material. Therefore, the Board is amending the July 3 Stop Order to allow the acceptance of further feedstock by GFL, but only to the extent that is necessary to process the remainder of the Legacy Pile. (para. 124)
The July 3 Stop Order is further amended to require the removal or processing of the Legacy Pile and any other unprocessed material stored at the Facility presently by June 30, 2020. (para. 126)
Apart from these amendments to the directions noted as (i) and (ii) in the July 3 Stop Order, it is otherwise affirmed by the Board. (para. 127)
In addition to the aforementioned amendments made by the SDAB, GFL must continue to comply with the initial directions as noted in the July 3, 2019 Stop Order, which include:
- Immediately ceasing carrying-on any activities that are not expressly authorized by the Registration;
- Progress reports on the removal or reprocessing of the Legacy Pile of feedstock shall be provided to the Chief Administrative Officer on a biweekly basis;
- Take all lawful measures needed to ensure that the leachate is not released from the Property;
- Develop and implement an air monitoring program that is satisfactory to the Chief Administrative Officer for the monitoring of noxious gases and the Property.
In response to the SDAB’s amendments, Wheatland County has also amended the Remedial Order to mirror the directions and amendments of the July 3, 2019 Stop Order.
Lastly, in order to ensure that the objective of addressing the continued presence of the Legacy Pile is fulfilled, the Board hereby cancels the July 5th Stop Order. (para. 129)
We want to continue to hear your concerns and will diligently record every submission received. If you believe GFL is conducting business activities at the Property in a way that may be in contravention of the directions listed in the amended Stop Order or unsatisfactory to Wheatland County, please note the date and time, as well as a detailed record of the violation. Written statements can be submitted through our website or mailed to our office. Paper reports will also be available at our Administration Office.