Alberta Tier 1 and 2 Guidelines - 2014

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released revised versions of the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines and the Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines

Most of the guideline revisions are due to the recent release of the Environmental Quality Guidelines for Alberta Surface Waters (released April 14, 2014).  Updates have also been made where CCME Environmental Quality Guidelines have changed.  A set of tables is attached showing revised Tier 1 guidelines in red.  The Tier 2 document has been updated to ensure consistency with Tier 1.

A number of minor revisions have been made in the text to update references, etc.  The following changes have also been made  for clarification.

Section 2.3.4 – use of subsoil guidelines

Section 2.4.2 has been revised in both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 documents to provide guidance on the use of anthropogenic background in site assessments. A number of minor revisions have been made in the text for clarification. 

Tier 1 Tables– a footnote has been added to clarify analysis of phenol (Tables 1 and 2) and sulphide (Table 2 only)

Revisions to the Subsoil Salinity Tool are underway and the new version will be announced when it is ready. 

The 2014 editions of the Alberta Tier 1 and 2 guidelines and the Subsoil Salinity Tool come into effect on December 1, 2014. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and the Alberta Energy Regulator will continue to accept applications for reclamation certificates and remediation certificates that are compliant with the 2010 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and 2 guidelines provided the laboratory analytical data report(s) from a Phase 2 environmental site assessment or confirmatory sampling event is dated on or before November 30, 2014. 

The Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines are available at:

 http://esrd.alberta.ca/lands-forests/land-industrial/inspections-and-compliance/alberta-soil-and-groundwater-remediation-guidelines.aspx

The Environmental Quality Guidelines for Alberta Surface Waters are available at:

http://esrd.alberta.ca/water/education-guidelines/surface-water-quality-guidelines-and-objectives.aspx

Questions and comments should be sent to:

Land and Forestry Policy Branch
10th Floor, 9820 - 106 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6
Phone: (780) 427-6210
Email: land.management@gov.ab.ca

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