Big Lakes County in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) held a meeting on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at the Faust Charity Association Hall to discuss the 2015 Osmose site assessment report. During the meeting, the engineer who directed the 2014-2015 site assessment presented the results from the groundwater and soil samples, spoke about the options, and the future plans. AEP recommends to develop and implement an exposure control plan, which would involve: soil capping over the highest concentration of dioxins in and around the source zone, build elevated boardwalks to direct foot traffic away from the source zone, remove existing fence, continue to monitor soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water, place restrictive covenants around the source zone, and update stakeholders.
Big Lakes County’s Reeve, Ken Matthews says, “Big Lakes County acknowledges that some residents in Faust are concerned that dioxins from the former Osmose site could be spreading onto their properties. The County takes issues like this very seriously and we’re committed to protecting the community and the environment. We will continue to work with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the residents to ensure a safe environment. Big Lakes County will provide updates through our website (www.biglakescounty.ca) and our social media sites.”