Sherritt is in the process of renewing their regulatory government approval.
Every 10 years, the company has to renew their approval to operate under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act before it expires in January 2019.
"What the approval renewal application process is about, is documenting what we do, what our impacts are, how things have evolved and changed over the last 10 years so that the government understands what will really be going on," explained Lyle Trytten, director of sustainability and regulatory affairs at Sherritt Fort Saskatchewan
The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act was put in place to look after the environment, while regulating industrial activity. The approvals portion applies to larger, heavy industry and doesn't affect smaller operations like family farms.
"We do have an environmental impact, that's a given whenever you operate a large facility," admitted Trytten. "We have reduced our impact quite significantly over the last decade since we started here in the 1950ss and we have a pretty good record of doing the right thing."
As part of the renewal process, Sherritt has launched an informative website, giving people a look behind the curtain at what exactly they do and how they're managing their environmental footprint.
Trytten said Sherritt's Fort Saskatchewan facility would do their due diligence for a complete renewal application to continue their work in the Fort.