ELC Enforcement Report

ELC Enforcement Report


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What is an ELC Enforcement Report?




Upon written or online request, the Environmental Law Centre will search a computer data base for the history of enforcement actions taken against a company or individual. It specifically reviews enforcement action taken by the Environmental Regulatory Service of Alberta Environment under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and its predecessor legislation, the Hazardous Chemicals ActAgriculture Chemicals ActClean Water Act and Clean Air Act, dating back to 1971, and/or pursuant to the Water Act from 1999 onwards.


With each ELC Enforcement Report, you will receive:


  • the name of the company or individual subject to the enforcement action, including co-accused, if any;
  • the date of the enforcement action, except for prosecutions where you will be given the decision date, and for administrative penalties, the date when the penalty was paid or the date it was due (30 days after issuance), whichever is sooner;
    • Ticket
    • Prosecution
    • Administrative Penalty
    • Warning
    • Enforcement Order
    • Enforcement Order Concerning Waste
    • Environmental Protection Order
    • Emergency Environmental Protection Order
    • Emission Control Order
    • Chemical Control Order
    • Water Management Order
    • Water Quality Control Order
    • Stop Order
  • the amount of the penalty, if any;
  • the location of the event giving rise to the enforcement action. In most cases, this is the municipality, and in some instances, a legal description of land will be included; and
  • brief comments on the enforcement action.


Not included is information on clean up orders under the Litter Act or Environmental Protection Orders respecting unsightly property under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. These may be available from the local municipality.


Other Information About Enforcement Reports


Since November 12, 1996 the Environmental Law Centre has offered the ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT HISTORICAL SEARCH SERVICE. This search service is a valuable source of information for anyone involved in:


  • an environmental assessment or audit,
  • the purchase, sale, development or financing of land with potential environmental concerns,
  • a due diligence investigation respecting the purchase, sale or financing of a business with potential environmental concerns,
  • an environmental regulatory hearing,
  • the defense of an environmental prosecution, or
  • research on environmental law enforcement.


Specialized Research Reports


The Environmental Law Centre will prepare specialized research reports (such as: all prosecutions since 1993) for $150.


Actual copies of orders are available from the Environmental Law Centre.


For details on how to contact other sources of environmental enforcement information in Alberta, contact the Environmental Law Centre at (780) 424-5099, 1-800-661-4238 or e-mail elc@elc.ab.ca.


Request Order Form for Environmental Enforcement Reports and Specialized Reports


Time to complete: within 3 business days.


Searches can be submitted by secure credit card payment only online, or by mail with a cheque. Payment must accompany mailed search requests.


Use our online shopping cart search request form 



Mail to:
Environmental Law Centre
#410, 10115 100a Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 2W2


For questions, call 1-800-661-4238 or e-mail elc@elc.ab.ca.