The Federal Government is working on updated coal mining effluent regulations. The Province of Alberta has committed to enforcing these regulations after they have been finalized. Because of this, these regulations will have a real impact on our watersheds.
The Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter joined other Alberta organizations in providing feedback on the proposed regulations. In short, the proposed regulations are not stringent enough to protect our watersheds from harmful effluents. We recommended lowering thresholds for pollutants, improving measurement and monitoring and implementing enforcement and penalties for exceeding thresholds.