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Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) defines “adverse effect” as impairment of or damage to the environment, human health or safety or property
Affected third party
Alberta’s Contaminated Sites Policy Framework indicates that an affected third party could include owners, lessees, and tenants of a neighbouring parcel, roadway, easement, or utility corridor that is likely or actually contaminated by the migration of a substance. This could include municipalities and/or the provincial government.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
The GMF provides grants of up to $175,000 to support community brownfield action plans, environmental site assessments and field tests. Low-interest loans are available for site remediation, risk management and interim use projects. A combination of grants and loans is also available to support eligible capital projects.
What are municipalities doing to address brownfields?
The Green Municipal Fund has a database of case studies from across Canada available here. What follows are examples of how Alberta municipalities are championing brownfield redevelopment.
Brownfields are not a new issue and neither is AUMA’s advocacy for a modernized framework and process for redevelopment. While some steps have been taken to reduce risk of future brownfields, the legacy of contamination has far reaching economic and environmental implications. For a number of years, AUMA has been advocating for the need to address brownfield sites.
What is liability?
As discussed in the section Redeveloping Brownfields, liability is the greatest barrier to brownfield redevelopment. Liability is a complex, multifaceted topic. The following topics are meant to provide municipalities a better general understanding of liability but should not be regarded as legal advice.