Contaminated Sites 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.

Invitation to Participate: Land Remediation Client Survey

July 20, 2018

The Province is requesting your assistance to complete a survey regarding the suite of contaminated site services provided by the Land Remediation Section. The survey is part of an internal effort to examine and evaluate the ways in which contaminated sites services are provided in support of administering the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation, and feedback will inform efforts to improve the client experience in obtaining these services.

The client survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSSCS2018.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, allowing for more or less time depending on how many or few contaminated sites services you use. The survey is open for approximately 6 weeks, and will close on September 5, 2018.

Thank you for taking the time to help us ensure our processes are working as effectively and efficiently as possible! Questions regarding the survey can be forwarded to site@gov.bc.ca.

Webinar - Proposed Changes to Site ID Provisions 

July 18, 2018

Land Remediation staff have completed a review of the existing legal provisions relating to the identification of contaminated sites in the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). A discussion paper (2014) and intentions paper (2016) were previously posted on our Request for Comments website to allow the public an opportunity to provide comment on the proposed changes. The comments received along with discussions with local governments were considered in further refining the proposed changes to the identification of contaminated sites provisions. For example, changes to the triggers for submitting a site identification form will ensure contaminated sites are investigated and remediated in a timely manner and aim to protect the Crown from liability for contamination at these sites.

 A webinar will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 10 - 11 am to provide an update on the refined proposed changes, as well as an overview of the legislative process moving forward with a Request for Legislation (RFL). The webinar will include a presentation and ample time for questions.

To register and receive a link to join the online meeting, please contact kelli.larsen@gov.bc.ca

CSAP Workshop on Management of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Sites

June 14, 2018

You are invited to a workshop on toolkits for Management of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Sites, sponsored by CSAP and Golder Associates

June.19th  at 8:15am – 4:30pm
Golder Associates
2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver
Detailed info and workshop abstract is available on this event outline (PDF)
Registration required *No Fees, Space is limited*

The workshop is open to all and is eligible for 7 professional development hours.

The workshop will combine theory and practical tools on range of topics that will be useful to practitioners in B.C.

For more information please contact Ian_Hers@golder.com.

Response to Stakeholder Comment - Stage 10/11 Amendments

June 7, 2018

The ministry has prepared response to stakeholder comment tables related to the documents updated for the Stage 10/11 amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR).

The response to stakeholder comment tables are available on Site Remediation - Request for Comments page.

List of response to stakeholder documents:

  • Administrative Guidance 5: Approved Professional Recommendations Relating for Non-High Risk Sites
  • Protocol 2: Site-Specific Numerical Soil Standards
  • Protocol 4: Establishing Background Concentrations in Soil
  • Protocol 6: Eligibility of Applications for Review by Approved Professionals
  • Protocol 11: Upper Cap Concentrations of Substances
  • Protocol 13: Screening Level Risk Assessment
  • Protocol 22: Application of Vapour Attenuation Factors to Characterize Vapour Contamination
  • Protocol 27: Soil Leachate Tests for Use in Deriving Site- Specific Numerical Soil Standards
  • Protocol 30: Classifying Substances as Carcinogenic
  • Technical Guidance 4: Vapour Investigation and Remediation
  • Technical Guidance 7: Supplemental Guidance for Risk Assessments
  • Technical Guidance 24: Site-Specific Numerical Soil Standards Model Parameters

The ministry would like to take this opportunity to thank the many stakeholders who provided comment on the documents.

Any questions about the documents or the Stage 10 and 11 amendments should be directed to site@gov.bc.ca.

CSAP Membership Exam Application Deadline is June 10th

May 30, 2018

The Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) Society is now accepting applications for the 2018 membership examinations.

Deadline for exam applications is 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:

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

Site Identification - Revised Documents Released for Comment

May 16, 2018

Land Remediation staff have completed a review of the existing legal provisions relating to the identification of contaminated sites in the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). A discussion paper (2014) (PDF) and intentions paper (2016)(PDF) were previously posted on our website to allow the public an opportunity to provide comment on the proposed changes. The comments received along with discussions with local governments were considered in further refining the proposed changes to the identification of contaminated sites provisions.

The 2016 intentions paper proposed, in general terms, changes to Schedule 1 and 2 of the CSR and the definition of decommissioning a site. As a result, the following three documents are now open for comment until June 29, 2018.

  • Schedule 1 - proposed changes modernize the document and improve clarity for those completing and relying on the form. The question sections have been removed to improve the quality of information collected as these questions are often answered incorrectly due to lack of available information about historical site activities.
  • Schedule 2 - updated to correct known errors and omissions, to improve clarity and to ensure the activities listed reflect industrial and commercial purposes or activities of concern in the province.
  • Information Update regarding decommissioning a site - proposes that the CSR no longer define “decommission a site” but instead adopt the concept of “permanently ceasing an activity”. Proposed changes would ensure this provision applies to both privately owned and provincial Crown lands.

The proposed revisions in these three documents compliment the overall proposed changes to the identification of contaminated sites provisions of EMA and the CSR.

Comments should be directed to kelli.larsen@gov.bc.ca.

8th Annual SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites - Call for Abstracts

April 30, 2018

A call for abstracts for submitted papers is now open, posted at http://www.sabcs.chem.uvic.ca. The closing date is May 31 to provide ample time for planning and approvals.

The SABCS 8th Annual Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites is being held on September 26 and 27, 2018. We have secured the same convenient venues in downtown Vancouver.  Mark these dates and locations in your calendar.

September 27, 2018
SABCS 8th Annual Conference on Contaminated Sites
Segal Building, Room 1200 – 1500, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

September 26, 2018
SABCS  8th Annual Technical Workshop on Contaminated Sites
Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room, SFU Harbourside Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Please contact the conference chair, Zahra Pirani for further details on opportunities for sponsorship or for general conference inquiries at zpirani@keystoneenvironmental.ca or 604-430-0671.

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

BCEIA MEMBERS - $700
NON-MEMBERS - $850

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