Alberta shuts down environmental monitoring agency after report

Alberta is closing its arm's-length environmental monitoring agency and moving its work back into government after a critical report.

EDMONTON — Alberta is closing its arm’s-length environmental monitoring agency and moving its work back into government after a critical report.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says tracking impacts on the province’s air, land and water is too important to be left to a group outside government.

She also says that the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency divided the province’s scientific resources and created expensive duplications.

Phillips says a scientific advisory panel will continue to ensure monitoring is done to the highest standards.

The move comes after a report to the minister concluded the agency was a failed experiment.

The agency was originally set up after widespread criticism of how the government monitored the impact of the oilsands on the regional environment.

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