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The Whitewood Mine was the source of coal for TransAlta’s Wabamun power plant and began operation in 1962. When the Wabamun power plant was fully retired on March 31, 2010 the mine ceased operations.
The final stages of reclamation are currently underway at the Whitewood Mine. It is located north of Lake Wabamun, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Edmonton, Alberta.
Since 1962, TransAlta has reclaimed more than 95 per cent, or 1,804 hectares of the 1,900 hectares of land mined at Whitewood. TransAlta has reclaimed the land to a state equivalent to or better than its original use. The reclaimed land supports a variety of land uses, such as agriculture, woodlands, wildlife habitat, recreation and wetlands.
Most of the land has been reclaimed for agricultural purposes or wildlife habitat similar to that which existed prior to disturbance.