WHEREAS Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), through legislation, maintains control of all registrations for Class I gravel pits (five hectares or larger); and
WHEREAS AEP, through legislation, maintains responsibility for inspection, compliance and enforcement of reclamation of Class 1 gravel pits; and
WHEREAS the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) requires applications for reclamation certificates be made to the Director or inspectors; and
WHEREAS the EPEA requires the Minister of Environment and Parks or designated Director to appoint inspectors for the purpose of that Act;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocate to the Government of Alberta to amend the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act to allow qualified third parties to conduct inspections and approve reclamation certificate applications for Class I gravel pits.
A viable aggregate industry is a necessary component of a vibrant Alberta economy. The Government of Alberta is responsible for conducting inspections of gravel pits, including those inspections required to confirm end of life reclamation has occurred.
A shortage of inspectors at Alberta Environment and Parks is contributing to considerable wait times for both private and public operators. These delays extend the end of life obligations, increasing costs, especially for sites which are rented.
Under the Alberta Energy Regulator, oil and gas site reclamations can be signed off on by a qualified individual (such as an engineer) which reduces red tape. No such mechanism exists for gravel pits. This resolution would advocate that a similar mechanism be made available for gravel pits.
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