CS e-Link Recent Messages

site@gov.bc.caThe 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.

BEST 2018 Conference

April 11, 2018

The British Columbia Environment Industry Association's BEST Conference attracts environmental professionals every May for two days of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and a sponsor exhibition.

Register now! You don’t want to miss out on the “BEST” opportunity to network and learn about the current environment industry in B.C. Visit the website at bceia.com/best/.

Full Conference Program Now Online!

Technical session streams have been finalized and presentations have been selected in the areas of:

  • Contaminated Site Management
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Risk Assessment
  • Water
  • First Nations
  • Legal
  • Government Regulations
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Innovative Waste Management
  • Remediation Technologies
  • Site Investigation

A complete schedule, along with abstracts and bios, can be found on the BEST website at: http://bceia.com/best/.

What past delegates said about BEST:

  • Excellent speakers and BEST is exceptional for networking opportunities.
  • The keynote speakers were fantastic, the location for the conference was absolutely stunning.
  • The size of the conference was really perfect for networking and there were multiple opportunities to do so. A very enjoyable and productive conference.
  • It was my first time attending, I will attend next year's conference.

Registration Rates


Conference registration includes a welcoming reception, technical sessions, keynote presentations, an off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks. Registration details at: https://events.eply.com/BEST2018

CSAP Membership Exam Information Now Posted

April 5, 2018

The Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) Society is now accepting applications for the 2018 membership examinations. Deadline for exam applications: June 10 2018.

The current proposed exam dates are as follows:

  • Numerical Standards test – November 6th
  • Regulatory test – November 7th  
  • Risk-based Standards test  - November 8th

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
  • Details regarding the dates, time and location of the examination will be posted on the CSAP Society website at a future date.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Nelly Pomareda, Operations Coordinator of the Society, at npomareda@csapsociety.bc.ca.

GeoEnviroPro Event - Risk Solutions for Contaminated Sites

March 22, 2018

APRIL 26, 2018 – UBC Robson Square, VANCOUVER, BC

In B.C. we have been using risk-based solutions for contaminated sites for over 25 years – it is time to share our learnings and celebrate our accomplishments. Increasingly, risk assessment is being used to support redevelopment of contaminated lands and liability management. This Expo will feature case studies where risk assessment and risk management have been effectively used. The case studies will include simple to complex risk assessments for a range of different sites.

GeoEnviroPro is calling for submissions that showcase a wide range of B.C. sites where risk assessment has been used successfully to reach closure. Submissions will be selected for platform or poster presentations.

Come and learn about how risk assessment of contaminated sites has resulted in meeting regulatory requirements. Whether you are a site owner/manager, project manager, regulator, developer, lawyer, or a contaminated site practitioner – there will be content for you, as well as opportunities to mingle. 

To Register and/or to make a submission, click here: http://geoenviropro.com/events/risk-solutions

Stage 11 Webinars Posted

February 8, 2018

The PowerPoint presentations and audio recordings for the webinars hosted in November and December 2017 are now available on the ministry’s Contaminated Sites Presentations website. These webinars were to help stakeholders understand the changes to the recently approved Stage 11 amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation.

The webinars covered the following topics:

  • Webinar 1 - Stage 10 (Omnibus) and Stage 11 (Housekeeping) Amendments
  • Webinar 2 - Provincial and Regional Background Concentrations in Soil and Summary of Risk Assessment Updates
  • Webinar 3 - Updates to Provincial Vapour Standards and Policy
  • Webinar 4 - OMRR amendments and Stage 11 CSRA process
  • Webinar 5 - Protocol 27, Soil Leachate Tests for Use in Deriving Site-Specific Numerical Soil Standards. Protocol 2, Site-Specific Numerical Soil Standards
  • Webinar 6 - Screening Level Risk assessment (SLRA) Update

The following 2 documents have been updated:

  • Technical Guidance 24 – Site Specific Numerical Soil Standards Model Parameters
  • Protocol 2 – Site Specific Numerical Soil Standards

The changes in these documents provide clarity to questions received from stakeholders:

  • Site-specific soil standards (SSSs) can only be derived on sites where groundwater has been or will be investigated
  • For pH sensitive substances, site-specific values for pH in soil are required when deriving SSSs for inorganics
  • The vertical distance between the base of the source and the water table cannot exceed 10 m

GeoEnviroPro Webinar March 6 & 8, 2018

February 6, 2018

Dry Cleaners in the Neighbourhood – Investigation and Remediation (March 6 & 8)

Dry cleaners now rank among our most prevalent high-risk sites.  How did this happen, and what can we do about it?  Answers to these questions may appear obvious, but when we drill down we soon find that the science behind the problem is complex and the range of possible engineering solutions is daunting.  In this two-part series you will learn about the history of dry cleaner operations, chemical use, common and not-so-common sources of contamination to the subsurface, relevant fate and transport processes, and the latest in effective remediation and risk management strategies.

This two-part webinar on dry cleaners will cover the following areas:

  • The five generations of dry cleaning machines
  • Historic and current solvent types and usage
  • Common modes of chemical release to the subsurface
  • Effective site characterization strategies and best practice
  • Source zone depletion and elimination
  • Remedial approaches such as ISCO, ISCR, SVE/AS, ZVI and others

Organized around 2 one-hour sessions:

  • Session 1: March 6th (9-10 AM PST / 12-1 PM EST) and
  • Session 2: March 8th (9-10 AM PST / 12-1 PM EST)

To register, go to https://www.regonline.ca/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2165530