CS e-Link Recent Messages

The purpose of the CS e-Link system is to identify legal, technical, policy and guidance information related to the management and administration of contaminated sites in British Columbia which may be of interest to subscribers.

Listed below are the most recent CS e-link messages sent out to subscribers.


GeoEnviroPro webinar series starting in April 2017

March 27, 2017

GeoEnviroPro will be hosting a webinar series starting in April 2017- Fundamentals in Site Characterization, taught by contaminated site experts. This series brings you and your team onto the same page for planning and implementing effective site characterization strategies. Webinars cover both the classic methods and innovative approaches to characterize soil, groundwater and soil vapour quality. Learn how to demonstrate delineation using all data that is supported by your conceptual site model – and then go on to plan effective remediation strategies.

This is a 4 part webinar series is made up of:

Join us for some or all of these webinars.  For more information and to register, go to  http://geoenviropro.com/our-training-program/

New Draft Analytical Methods Posted for Review

March 27, 2017

New draft analytical methods listed below, developed with the assistance of the British Columbia Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (BCELTAC), have now been posted for review and comment to the ministry’s Sampling, Methods & Quality Assurance webpage, BC Environmental Laboratory Manual, "Methods Posted for Review".

  1.  “Alcohols in Soil and Water - PBM”
  2.  “Alkylphenol and Ethoxylates in Soils and Sediments by LC-MS/MS”
  3. “Alkylphenol and Ethoxylates in Water by LC-MS/MS”
  4. "Analysis of Cyanide (Total, Weak Acid Dissociable, and Free) – PBM”
  5. “Asbestos in Soil – PBM”
  6. “Chlorinated and Non-Chlorinated Phenols in Soils – PBM”
  7. "Chlorinated and Non-Chlorinated Phenols in Water – PBM”
  8. “Cyanide, Total or Weak Acid Dissociable, by Manual Distillation – PBM”
  9. “Digestion for Total Metals in Water – Prescriptive”
  10. “Diisopropanolamine (DIPA) in Water and Soil Samples by HPLC – PBM”
  11. “17a-Ethinylestradiol in Water by LC-MS/MS – PBM”
  12. “Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) in Water by GC/FID”
  13. “Glycols in Soil and Water – PBM”
  14. “Liquid-Solid Partitioning as a Function of Leachate pH – Prescriptive”
  15. “Methylmercury in Soils/Sediments – PBM”
  16. “Methylmercury in Waters – PBM”
  17. “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Solids by GC/MS – PBM”
  18. “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Water by GC/MS – PBM”
  19. “Strong Acid Leachable Metals (SALM) in Soil – Prescriptive”
  20. “Sulfolane in Water and Soil Samples by GC/MS – PBM”
  21. “Trace Metals Analysis by ICP-MS – PBM”
  22. “Volatile Hydrocarbons (VH) in Waters by GC/FID”
  23. “Volatile Organic Compounds in Solids - PBM”
  24. “Volatile Organic Compounds in Water – PBM”

The majority of these new draft methods have been developed in support of the Stage 10 (Omnibus) amendment to the Contaminated Sites Regulation.

Please provide comment on the new methods by April 28, 2017 to: Joyce Austin, Senior Provincial Laboratory Specialist, Knowledge Management Branch at Joyce.Austin@gov.bc.ca.

Technical questions regarding the proposed new method should be directed to: Mark Hugdahl (BCELTAC Chair) at Mark.Hugdahl@alsglobal.com

Contaminated Sites Guidance Documents Released for Comment

March 21, 2017

As a result of Stage 10 (Omnibus) amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation, guidance documents are being updated. Four documents are open for comment until April 28, 2017. Comments should be sent to site@gov.bc.ca.

GeoEnviroPro Event - Risk Solutions for Contaminated Sites

March 8, 2017

Risk Solutions for Contaminated Sites - An Exposition of Case Studies - May 31 - Vancouver, BC

Hosted by GeoEnviroPro: In B.C. we have been using risk-based solutions for contaminated sites for over 25 years – it is time to profile and share our learnings. This Expo will feature case studies where risk assessment and risk management (RA/RM) have been effectively used. Go to http://geoenviropro.com/events/risk-solutions/ for submissions (platform and poster) for low risk sites (Protocol 6 reviews) and high risk sites (to secure instruments, under Orders, for due diligence/liability reduction, etc.). Get the word out about your novel solutions and technical advancements in RA/RM. Come and learn about how RA/RM of contamination results in meeting regulatory requirements. Whether you are a site owner, project manager, regulator or service provider – there will be content for you, as well as opportunities to mingle.

This is a 2017 risk assessment workshop you won’t want to miss!

Click here for more information and to register:

http://geoenviropro.com/events/risk-solutions/

CSR Omnibus Amendment Errata Version 2 Posted

March 6, 2016

An updated Errata (version 2) to the Stage 10 (Omnibus) Amendment to the Contaminated Sites Regulation has been released.  The purpose of the Errata is to compile all currently known errors in the Stage 10 Amendment with the intention to correct all errors in a final ‘house-keeping’ amendment to be made to the Regulation immediately prior to the new standards coming into force on November 1, 2017.

The Errata will be updated and reissued throughout the year of transition as new errors are identified. The next update is anticipated in May 2017.

Any questions about the Errata or the Stage 10 Omnibus Amendment should be directed to site@gov.bc.ca.

CSAP Membership Applications now being Accepted

March 2, 2017

The Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) Society is now accepting applications for the 2017 membership examinations.

Deadline for exam applications: June 11 2017.

Numerical Standards test – November 14th
Regulatory test – November 15th
Risk-based Standards test  - November 16th

Detailed information regarding the examinations has been posted to the CSAP Society website:

  • Examination guides and fee information at: Guidelines
  • Experience review information and application at: Experience Review
  • Information regarding the dates, time and location of the examination will be posted on the CSAP Society website.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Catherine Schachtel, Executive Director of the Society, at cschachtel@csapsociety.bc.ca.

Administrative Bulletin #3 Re-issued

February 15, 2017

Re-issued Administrative Bulletin 3 - Application Submission: CSR Omnibus Amendment Transition 

Administrative Bulletin 3 (PDF) prescribes the administrative process for legal instrument applications being submitted during the regulatory transition period ending October 31, 2017, when the new numerical standards under the Stage 10 Amendment to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) will come into force.

This Bulletin has been amended and re-posted to provide the following clarification: the advice in the document applies to both numerical and risk-based CSR instruments submitted during the transition year up to October 31, 2017. The previous version incorrectly stated that the advice in the Bulletin applied only to numerical instruments.

Any questions about this CS e-Link should be directed to site@gov.bc.ca.

Final 2 Webinars for the CSR Stage 10 Amendments Available

February 14, 2017

Webinar recordings available - Stage 10 (Omnibus) Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR)

The Ministry of Environment has released the PowerPoint presentations and audio recordings of Webinars 7 through 8 aimed at helping stakeholders understand the changes to the recently approved Omnibus amendments to the CSR. These webinars cover the following topics:

  • Webinar 7 – Changes to the water standards
  • Webinar 8 – Effects of the CSR amendments on soil relocation

You can find the complete set of 8 webinars that explain the CSR Omnibus amendments on the following Ministry webpage:  http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/site-remediation/guidance-resources/presentations

GeoEnviroPro Webinar Series - Fundamentals in Site Characterization

February 9, 2017

GeoEnviroPro will be hosting a webinar series in April 2017- Fundamentals in Site Characterization. This series brings you and your team onto the same page for planning and implementing effective site characterization strategies. Webinars cover both the classic methods and innovative approaches to characterize soil, groundwater and soil vapour quality. Learn how to demonstrate delineation using all data that is supported by your conceptual site model – and then go on to plan effective remediation strategies.

This webinar series starts off with Soil Characterization on April 11th & 13th.

The other topics are Soil Vapour Characterization (April 18th  & 20th) and Groundwater Characterization (April 25th & 27th).

You can sign up for individual topic or for entire series.

For more info & registration, go to http://geoenviropro.com.

GeoEnviroPro Workshop Date Change - January 26 and 27, 2017

January 17, 2017

Please note the date change for the following workshop.

GeoEnviroPro will be holding a workshop “Beyond Data: Better Investigations-Better Results” on Jan 26 & 27 in Vancouver, BC. 

This 2-day workshop takes investigation and interpretation of site contamination to a new level, giving you an in-depth understanding of what really matters – the Conceptual Site Model (CSM).  This workshop helps you get beyond the data and into the world of the conceptual site model. Learn to develop a CSM from the get-go. Use your CSM to develop focused investigations with meaningful conclusions. Gather the information needed for successful remediation. This highly interactive workshop uses many real world examples and the latest concepts in adult learning to put you into the critical learning zone, gaining competency in the assessment and interpretation of environmental data, and in the communication of your findings.

 For registration and detailed agenda, visit GeoEnviroPro.com

GeoEnviroPro Workshop - January 25 and 26, 2017

January 16, 2017

GeoEnviroPro will be holding a workshop “Beyond Data: Better Investigations-Better Results” on Jan 25 & 26 in Vancouver, BC. 

This 2-day workshop takes investigation and interpretation of site contamination to a new level, giving you an in-depth understanding of what really matters – the Conceptual Site Model (CSM).  This workshop helps you get beyond the data and into the world of the conceptual site model. Learn to develop a CSM from the get-go. Use your CSM to develop focused investigations with meaningful conclusions. Gather the information needed for successful remediation. This highly interactive workshop uses many real world examples and the latest concepts in adult learning to put you into the critical learning zone, gaining competency in the assessment and interpretation of environmental data, and in the communication of your findings.

For registration and detailed agenda, visit GeoEnviroPro.com

Free GeoEnviroPro webinar - Conceptual Site Models

January 9, 2017

GeoEnviroPro is hosting a free webinar- Use of Conceptual Site Models For Contaminated Sites on Jan 24th – to kick start the 2017 Contaminated Sites Fundamentals webinar series.

Conceptual Site Model (CSM) is a tool that allows you to plan and execute effective site investigations, risk assessments and site remediation.

At this free session, you will hear how the CSM is implemented at the various stages of the site investigation and remediation process.

For more info & registration, visit http://geoenviropro.com/our-training-program/