Environment

Substance Care and Handling

Applies to all Battle River Power Coop owned substances including transportation, equipment or electrical oil filled equipment for the:

  • Identification (MSDS)
  • Cleanup
  • Testing/sampling
  • Safe handling
  • Transportation
  • Storage
  • Disposal of oil filled equipment
  • Disposal of PCB contaminated equipment.

Non PCB Equipment is equipment with a PCB concentration of less than 50 PPM and may be identified by the following:

PCB Free Equipment is equipment with a PCB concentration of less than 2 PPM and may be identified by the following:

  • Manufacturer’s nameplate stating PCB free, Less than 2PPM, Less than 5 PPM etc
  • Battle River Power Coop metal tag indicating the PCB concentration, the lab name and the date tested 

If the PCB content in the equipment cannot be identified, then it must be handled and transported as PCB equipment. It must be placed in a tub, trapped/bagged or placed in a sealed barrel and secured before transport.

Equipment that contains more than 500 litres of liquid, and the PCB content is not identified this equipment must be tested and labelled.

Reclamation Process

Battle River Power Coop will take responsibility for reclaiming land prior to turning it over to the land owner after a substation etc. has been on the property.  The following are the steps we will take to reclaim the land:

  • Remove distribution equipment, poles, wire, etc.
  • Take 4 soil samples from various locations and depths
  • Send soil samples to lab for analysis of PCB contamination
  • Remove fence posts, concrete pad, grip rods and wire
  • Remove approximately 18-24” of soil and gravel
  • Take 2 samples at the bottom of the excavation
  • Send soil samples to lab analysis of soil sterilant and pesticides
  • Fill with new topsoil and level
  • Take 1 new sample of the new topsoil and lab test
  • Send soil sample to lab for analysis of top soil chemistry
  • Turn over to land owner

Recycling Process

Battle River Power Coop encourages its management and staff to help minimize the impact on the planet by reducing waste, reusing materials if possible, recovering materials, and recycling.

We have the following programs in place:

  1. Recycling pop cans and bottles.
  2. Recycling cardboard.
  3. We have a company (Shred-it) that comes once a month to pick up our scrap paper and shred it and recycle it.
  4. We recycle all our scrap copper wire and take it in for refund.

Producing, handling, and disposing of non-hazardous waste materials are normal part of operations.  The objectives of waste management are to; reduce the quantity of waste generated and examine each waste stream in terms of the ‘four R’ strategy:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Recover

Micro-Generation Policy

Micro-generation can be generally defined as any power generation under 1MW.

Micro-generation is a clean, reliable energy source and current legislation in Alberta is not suited towards small distributed power generators. Battle River Power Coop will strive to provide information to its members regarding legislation in Alberta around Micro-generation.

The present application process for micro installations is costly and cumbersome, to both the applicant and the utility.

Battle River Power Coop will provide its members with a bi-directional meter if they choose to establish micro generation such as installing photo voltaic panels on their roof. Battle River Power Coop recognizes that a member has the right to produce power and feed excess into the grid as long as it is inspected, is safe, and is up to code.

Members are encouraged to research their options carefully, as Solar PV systems can vary widely in expense and energy produced.

To apply, use the following Micro-Generation Application Form. For more information, view the Micro-Generation Application Guideline.

Migratory Bird Procedure

The law states that no person shall:

(a)  Disturb, destroy or take a nest, egg, nest shelter, elder duck shelter or duck box of a migratory bird, or

(b)  Have in his/her possession a live migratory bird, or a carcass, skin, nest of egg of a migratory bird

Battle River Power Coop is guided by the following Migratory Bird considerations, and adherence to associated legislation:

  1. Be aware that the season is from April 15 until July 31.  Depending on the province and other special considerations, the season may stretch until Aug 31
  2. There are over 500 species of Migratory Birds.  Unless you are a bird expert you will not be able to identify many of the species and should use your best judgement when dealing with a site.
  3. During the Migratory Bird Season there shall not be any vegetation or construction work done within a 30 meter radius of a migratory bird, nest or egg site.  If there is an immediate threat to public safety or our power system the OIC can make the call to proceed with work, as long as all precautions and paperwork have been taken into consideration
  4. If there is an immediate threat to the power system we shall establish a 30 meter buffer around the nest site.  All work will be postponed in that area until the season has passed.  Work will resume at the earliest convenience after the season and as long as the nesting area has been vacated.  Vegetation Contractors will be required to complete the Form # 163 Migratory Bird Tracking Sheet for all sites within the Migratory Bird Season.