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ThebestlittlenewspaperinCanadaInuvikwelcomesspringwithMuskratJamboreeThe56thannualfestivalsawNorthernersfromallovercompeteinsnowmobileracesandthepopularTrapperSkillsevent.Seepages12-13.GenerationXauthortoheadlineNorthWordsContemporarywriterDouglasCouplandisthebignameinthelineupforYellowknifesspringliteraryfestival.Seepage16.SweetOvertimeGoalYellowknifeFlyerswinwesterntitleinNorthernHockeyChallenge.Seepage23.TuesdayApril92013Vol.36No.48AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00FormerCAPPchairheadsnewAlbertaregulatorGerryProttiwithtighttiestotheoilandgasindustryhasbeenselectedasthechairoftheboardofdirectorsofthenewAlbertaEnergyRegulator.Seepage3.MountainPineBeetlelandsinsouthernNWTEnvironmentandNaturalRe-sourcesdepartmentstaffdis-coveredlivepinebeetlelarvaeintheKakisaRiverareade-spiteacoldwinter.Seepage15.--1Visitwww.norj.caByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheAlbertagovernmentisdemandingcorrectiveactionsfromSuncoratitsoilsandsfa-cilitynorthofFortMcMurraytwoyearsafteritdiscoveredthatindustrialwastewaterow-ingfromthecompanysefu-entpondsintotheAthabascaRiverwereaboveacceptablelimitsfortoxicity.SuncorreportedwastewatertoxicityfailureatthetreatedwaterdischargeoutletknownasPondCtotheprovincialgov-ernmentinMarch2011.Thecompanyclosedthepondsoonafterandbegandivertingthewastewatertoatailingspond.AlthoughpondwaterhasbeenheldbackfromtheriveroverthelasttwoyearsSuncorreportedlyfailedthetoxicitytest39timessincethe2011re-leaseandstilldoesnotknowthesourceofthetoxicity.Whilethewatertreatmentpondisallowedlimiteddis-chargeintotheriverupstreamofFortMcKayAlbertaEnvi-ronmentandSustainableRe-sourceDevelopmentESRDspokespersonNikkiBoothsaiditisunknownhowmuchifanymadeitintotheriver.Wehavenothingthatindi-catesthattherewasaproblempriortothattestorthatanytoxicwaterwasdischargedintotherivershesaidinanemailre-sponsetoTheJournal.ThepondhasdischargedinthepasthoweverithasnotdischargedsinceMarch2011.TherearetwootherpondsAandBthatstilldischargeintotheriversheadded.Shewouldnotsayhowmuchwastewaterisreleasedundertheconditionoflimiteddischarge.Shesaidtestsaredoneregu-larlyforlevelsoftoxicity.Wastewaterfailsatoxicitytestwhenmorethan50percentoftherainbowtroutusedinthetestdieasaresultofexposuretothewaterbeingreleasedintotheriver.LastThursdaytheprovincialgovernmentorderedenforce-mentmeasuresrequiringthatSuncortemporarilysuspendanydischargefromPondCuntilcorrectiveactionsareevaluatedanditcanidentifythesourceofthetoxicity.Italsotoldthecompanytoconductanengineeringauditofthewastewatertreatmentpro-cesstoidentifypotentialmiti-gationmeasuresinthedesignandconductenhancedmoni-toringofthewastewatersys-temwhichconsistsofaseriesoftreatmentponds.ThecompanyhasbeentoldtoaddressdissolvedorganiccompoundsintheindustrialwastewaterwhichSuncoridentiedasthelikelysourceofthetoxicity.Thosecontaminantsincludethingslikenaphthenicacidsandotheroilsandsextract-ableacidsaccordingtoBooth.Otherpotentialcontaminantsthatmaybecausingtoxicityaretobeinvestigatedaswellthegovernmenthasordered.Wefullysupporttheplansoutlinedintheorderandwillbeworkinghardtoimplementtheactionsidentiedbythereg-ulatorSuncorexecutivevicepresidentofoilsandsandinsitusaidinaMar.28pressrelease.SuncorhasuntilApr.302013tosubmitareportiden-tifyingthesourceoftoxicityandmonitoringplantoESRD.Whenaskedwhythegov-ernmenttooktwoyearstoissueenforcementactionstothecompanyBoothpointedtothelengthoftheinvestigation.Wedontalwaysissueanenforcementorderatthebe-ginningofanincidentasthesetypesofsituationscantaketimetoinvestigateshesaidaddingthatthedepartmenthasmanyoptionsdependingontheof-fencetoensurecompliancein-cludingwarninglettersticketsandadministrativepenaltiesenforcementenvironmentalprotectionandwatermanage-mentordersandprosecution.Enforcementordersallowustogiveguidanceofreme-dialactionsthatindividualscompaniesandmunicipalitiesmusttakeinordertogetbackintocomplianceshesaid.SeeAnnouncementonpage3.AlbertatellsSuncortoxwastewaterproblemGovernmenttooktwoyearstoissueactionsfor2011incidentSadieMcMahonofFortSmithcentreinpinkandotheryoungskiracersfromacrosstheNWTtakeoffatthe0.25kmfree-stylemassstartduringthe30thPtubSkiRacesinHayRiveronSunday.LaceyFurnissofYellowknifecameinrstplacewithFortSmithsTaylorPorterfollowingclosebehindinsec-ondandHayRiversDestinyMinozascoopingupthebronze.Seepage21formore.PhotoDonJaque