Seven Questions to Sustainability
3. Environment — Is the integrity of the environment assured over the long term?
Somewhat — The ASP provided a more rigorous baseline environmental impact assessment than required by the provincial Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. However, Richards and Peel concluded that other environmental aspects such as waste, recycling, soil handling, landscape change, air quality, and noise could have received more attention in the environmental assessment.
4. Economy — Is the economic viability of the project or operation assured, and will the economy of the community and beyond be better off as a result?
Yes — Continued access to the Calahoo-Villeneuve deposit ensures an economical supply of aggregates to the Edmonton market for 10 to 15 years. The ASP also ensures economic benefits to local residents through the Community Enhancement Fund.
5. Traditional and non-market activities — Are traditional and non-market activities in the community and surrounding area accounted for in a way that is acceptable to the local people?
Yes — When identifying aggregate extraction areas, the ASP considered competing agriculture and rural subdivision land uses. All stakeholders accepted the plan.
6. Institutional arrangements and governance — Are rules, incentives, programs, and capacities in place to address project or operational consequences?
No — The implementation of the ASP is largely voluntary, and it is not underwritten by provincial law. The process relies on public input to monitor the activity.
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