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Undiluted test samples of Suncor waste-water lethal to fish: Alberta

Source: Globe and Mail

Suncor Energy Inc.The toxic water spilled by Suncor Energy Inc. into the Athabasca River would have killed aquatic life if it had been undiluted, according to the Alberta government.

The province on Friday provided a glimpse into its investigation of the March 25 spill, saying the samples of the company’s undiluted industrial waste-water were lethal to fingerling rainbow trout. These water samples, however, are not comparable to the fluid that poured into the river because they do not account for dilution. Alberta is still investigating whether diluted samples are harmful.

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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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