What is happening with development of the Homesteader Community area?

As noted on other parts of the website, on March 13, 2019, the Government of Alberta released the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) Report and Ministerial Order which reversed all of the enforcement orders imposed by the Director of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) against Cherokee after a lengthy hearing.

The EAB Report determined that:

  1. Cherokee legitimately believed that they had obtained the required authorization to move forward with the development.
  2. The Director’s decision to issue the enforcement orders was both incorrect and unreasonable.
  3. The Director was incorrect and unreasonable in concluding that there was any hazardous waste on the site.
  4. There is NO IMMEDIATE RISK TO RESIDENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE

The remediation of the site is now back into full swing after the original orders were entirely dismissed.

Where from here?

As part of the release of the EAB Report, the former Minister of the Environment and Parks, Shannon Philipps, issued new Orders that will move the project forward again.  The Minister essentially put the project back to where it was before the original Orders were issued, and set a timeline that requires Cherokee and AEP to complete steps by specified dates.

Our Commitment to keep you updated

This section of the website is designed to keep you informed about the progress made on the final remediation of the site.  All remediation work is scheduled to be completed by March of 2020. Many action items have been completed or are substantially complete already. To avoid remediation work during the winter, Cherokee has proposed an accelerated timeline from what is provided under the Minster’s Order.

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Ministerial Order Action Items

Action ItemWhat is it?Where it is located?What's been done / What's underway?Additional Information
1. Develop a Temporary Dust Control PlanTemporary plan to reduce airborne dust particles while a long-term Dust Control Program is created.Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
Already completed. No further action.Temporary Dust Control Plan to be replaced by Permanent Dust Control Plan.
2. Submission of long-term Dust Control Plan A long-term Dust Control Plan to reduce dust during delineation, remediation, and other activities that may create dust.Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
Submitted to AEP; awaiting sign-off prior to commencing delineation or remediation. This will be used as a Standard Operating Procedure in conjunction with the current project Site Health and Safety Plans developed by qualified professionals.

3. Submission of a Delineation (sampling) PlanA Delineation (sampling) Plan will outline the work to identify the nature and extent of various substancesVerte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

There are a few areas left requiring additional delineation. The plans must be approved before any delineation or remedial activities commence.
4. Complete Delineation WorkWill include drilling, sampling, analysis, and reporting.Verte Homesteader/Berm
Including Parcels X and Y
Approval of the plans will be required prior to commencing delineation activities.
5. Submit Conceptual Site Model (CSM)A CSM will consider all available data and provide a summary of the environmental conditions at the site.Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
Several CSM’s for the properties have been prepared in the past (since 1990). The newest CSM will use the most up to date data and will be specific to the areas of interest.
6. Submit Risk Assessments (Human Health Risk Assessments (HHRA))
(Site Specific Risk Assessments (SSRA))
Both an HHRA and a SSRA need to be prepared. Risk assessments follow an established scientific process that assesses the potential risk to humans and other ecological receptors (i.e. plants and animals) by looking at the types of substances at a site and how humans or other receptors may be exposed to them, if at all. The HHRA and SSRA will establish the Site Specific Remediation Criteria (SSRC) for the properties.
Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
Two SSRAs were completed for Parcel X and the berm on Parcel Y in 2013; these are being updated.
In March 2019, Cherokee submitted an HHRA for dioxins and furans applicable to human receptors across all properties (including Parcel C berm and Verte Homesteader Community). Remediation criteria for dioxins and furans are being derived.


Establishing SSRCs is a key action item and is required before delineation and remediation begins.
7. Submit a Risk Management Plan (RMP) and a Remediation Action Plan (RAP).The RMP will include a long-term monitoring plan.
The RAP takes all the latest sampling data from the properties into account.
Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
Previous plans will be updated with new data collected from additional delineation work.Approval of updated plans will be needed prior to remedial activities commencing.


8. Submit Long-Term Monitoring PlansThe RMP will include long-term monitoring requirements. This includes monitoring and maintenance of exposure control caps on Parcel X and the Parcel Y berm.Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
9. Complete Remediation WorkSoil to be dug and disposed off-site in accordance with approved RAP.Verte Homesteader/berm
Including Parcels X and Y

Overlanders/Greenbelt
Remediation will begin as soon as AEP reviews all plans and reports submitted.Cherokee is seeking to accelerate the timeline in the Minister’s Order for Remediation to begin no later than August so it can be completed before winter.