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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.
It is located north of Lake Wabamun, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Edmonton, Alberta. Since mining began in 1962, TransAlta has reclaimed 100 per cent, or 1,900 hectares of land mined at Whitewood.
As part of the reclamation process, TransAlta is applying to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development for reclamation certification. Reclamation certification takes about five to seven years as during this period end-land use and suitability needs to be established. The newly reclaimed land will have the potential to accommodate a variety of end-land uses including agriculture, recreation, commercial and wildlife/wetland habitat. These many options will be explored as time elapses during the certification process.