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Alberta orders Suncor to fix wastewater treatment pond by end of April

Source: The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has given Suncor one month to fix problems with one of its wastewater treatment ponds, two years after the problem was discovered.

The company was prohibited from releasing water from the pond — the final step in Suncor’s treatment process — into the Athabasca River in March 2011. Toxicity in the water was found to exceed allowable limits.

“They had to close the discharge outlet, which they did,” said Alberta Environment spokeswoman Jessica Potter.

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Oil Industry Looks to Create “Lake District” from Open-Pit Mines and Toxic Tar Sands Waste

Oil Industry Looks to Create “Lake District” from Open-Pit Mines and Toxic Tar Sands Waste (via Desmogblog)

This week, the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA), an industry-funded consultancy group in Alberta, released the End Pit Lakes Guidance Document to the Government of Alberta for review. The 434-page document outlines a 100-year plan to integrate open-pit mines and tar sands tailings…