Independent remediation is allowed under the Environmental Management Act as long as notification is given at the start and at the completion of remediation – about half of the sites being cleaned up in B.C. are handled this way.
With the assistance of qualified environmental consultants:
- Low risk sites may only require routine remediation treatment methods that are readily available
- Remediation can be carried out with very little involvement from the government, which helps avoid unnecessary delays or paying fees
It’s important to note that independent remediation must meet specific requirements.
- Administrative Guidance 9 – Independent Remediation of Contaminated Sites (PDF)
- Protocol 17 – Requirements for Notifications of Independent Remediation and Offsite Migration (PDF)
The Ministry of Environment must be notified of all independent remediation activities. It’s not enough to just submit a site profile at the start of the remediation process or a Certificate of Compliance application after remediation is completed. Official notification must be given within three days of starting any independent remediation activity and 90 days of completing independent remediation.
Any person undertaking remediation must notify the ministry – this could be the site owner, the Approved Professional or an independent third party (i.e., a company hired to remove a residential heating oil tank and manage any incidental waste).