Assessing environmental impacts
At EPCOR, the environment will always be a top priority. For our Facility Application, we contracted a third-party consultant who has completed a number of environmental assessments in order to survey the potential impact of the project on wildlife, wetlands, soils, vegetation and historical resources. Together, these surveys constitute an "Environmental Impact Assessment", or EIA, and were included in the Facility Application we submitted to the AUC for approval in early 2018. The AUC reviewed our application through a public process and determined that "the project is in the public interest having regard to the social, economic, and other effects of the project, including its effect on the environment." As part of this process, our environmental evaluation is available for public review, and was also made available through the City of Edmonton public hearing process.
The environmental studies conducted to date show that the potential effects associated with project activities can be mitigated using a combination of standard and project-specific environmental protection measures. We are committed to minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment and, where possible, we will follow recommendations in order to ensure no significant lasting environmental impacts result from project activities.