Site remediation - Requests for comments

Soil relocation intentions paper

Changes to the Environmental Management Act (Bill 3) received Royal Assent on March 5, 2020. The legislation will be brought into force by regulation. The proposed amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation are outlined in the intentions paper on regulating soil relocation.

The proposed changes to the soil relocation process outlined in the intentions paper will:

  • Establish a robust and transparent notification system to track soil movement throughout the province
  • Streamline the process by focusing on soil that exceeds a prescribed volume and originates from sites where specified industrial or commercial activities have occurred
  • Prevent contamination of soil and groundwater resources by adding requirements for sites receiving high volumes of soil over a lifetime

To see the proposed changes to the Contaminated Sites Regulation, please review the intentions paper.

Intentions Paper-Regulating Soil Relocation (PDF, 732KB)

The intentions paper will be posted for a 60-day comment period. The ministry requests stakeholder feedback on the intentions paper using the Regulating Soil Relocation Comment form (PDF, 888KB). All comments must be received at site@gov.bc.ca by 5 pm on Monday, March 15, 2021.

CSR Stage 13 amendments – Revised protocols

Changes to the Environmental Management Act (Bill 17) and Stage 13 Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) amendments came into effect on February 1, 2021. These amendments focus on changes to the process for identifying contaminated sites in B.C. As a result of these changes and to incorporate previous amendments, the following protocols have been updated:

The draft protocols were posted for a 45-day comment period. The ministry requested stakeholder feedback on the draft protocols using the Stakeholder feedback form (XLS, 10.6KB). The comment period ended at 5 pm on Monday, January 11, 2021.