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Review of the Scientific Basis of Water Quality Criteria for the East Slope Foothills of Alberta

  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
  • The study was commissioned to establish the scientific rationale for existing wastewater discharge legislation for Alberta East Slopes coal mines. Three water quality parameters - total suspended solids, pH and total iron - and four design flow parameters - applicability of the dam and canal safety guidelines, the two effluent water quality exemptions for 10 year 24- hr. precipitation events, and the \"no-discharge\" requirement for surface runoff from facilities and for tailings ponds were considered. Data sources for the review induded: world scientific literature, relevant federal (Canada and U.S.A.), provincial, territorial and state legislation, available background water quality data, and personal communications from coal company and regulatory personnel.

  • Date created
    1987
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  • Type of Item
    Report
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3PK19
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    This material is provided under educational reproduction permissions included in Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development's Copyright and Disclosure Statement, see terms at http://www.environment.alberta.ca/copyright.html. This Statement requires the following identification: \"The source of the materials is Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development http://www.environment.gov.ab.ca/. The use of these materials by the end user is done without any affiliation with or endorsement by the Government of Alberta. Reliance upon the end user's use of these materials is at the risk of the end user.