Remediation Project Profiles

These project profiles highlight different types of site remediation done in B.C. with an emphasis on:

  • Innovative methods used in site cleanup
  • Sites that have significant contamination issues
  • Sites that have common types of contamination requiring remediation

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Noteworthy Projects

The following are some of the largest or most complex remediated sites in B.C.

Pacific Place: Assessment and remediation of the old Expo 86 site in downtown Vancouver has been underway for many years.

Olympics and Sea-to-Sky Projects: Preparations for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games involved the cleanup of contaminated sites and the redevelopment of underutilized community lands (brownfields).

Britannia Mine Site: The provincial government acts as both the statutory regulator and the remediator on behalf of the potential responsible parties for this project.

Southeast False Creek (Vancouver): Former industrial properties along the southeast shore of False Creek were remediated to create a model sustainable community for one of the Olympic athlete's villages.

Former Municipal Landfill (Whistler):  Another Olympic athlete’s village was developed adjacent to the former Whistler Municipal Landfill. After the Olympics, the development became a permanent legacy neighbourhood that incorporates Smart Growth and sustainable design principles.

Convention Centre Expansion Project (Vancouver): Cleanup of this waterfront site was the final phase of a remediation project addressing the south shore of Coal Harbour. The Convention Centre expansion accommodated up to 10,000 international broadcasters in a combined media centre for the Olympics.

Upper Columbia River (Trail): The Teck Cominco Trail smelter remains an operating facility, but past and present emissions and discharges associated with the operations have resulted in wide-spread contamination throughout the lower Columbia River valley.

Teck Cominco is currently pursuing the development of a remediation plan under the authority of the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation to address the contamination. The remediation plan will be informed by an ecological risk assessment and a human health risk assessment that are being conducted concurrently.

The objective of the remediation plan is to “restore the environmental quality of the site to a condition that does not pose unacceptable risks to humans or ecological resources”. The government maintains regulatory oversight and involvement in the project through participation in several administrative and technical committees. Teck and the Ministry of Environment are also involved with the local community through the health and environment program.