Contaminated Sites Laws, Regulations & Compliance

The Contaminated Sites Regulation, under authority of the Environmental Management Act, sets out the requirements for site remediation in B.C. 

Laws & Regulations

Environmental Management Act

Refer to the Environmental Management Act (EMA) or refer to the following parts of the Act that are directly related to site remediation: 

Contaminated Sites Regulation

Use the following link to view the current Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) under the EMA. Be sure to check below to view recent amendments.


Soil Relocation Amendments

Following consultation on a 2014 discussion paper and a 2016 intentions paper (see Requests for Comments page), the B.C. government is proposing changes to the current soil relocation process. These changes will help by streamlining the legal regime, making the process more clear and transparent, and improving our ability to carry out compliance verification and enforcement. The final policy direction paper for Soil Relocation outlines the proposed amendments to the soil relocation provisions in the Environmental Management Act and the Contaminated Sites Regulation. Register for the upcoming webinars to discuss the changes (see side panel).

Stage 12 Amendments

Stage 12 amendments to the CSR were approved, and the below orders deposited, on January 24, 2019. These housekeeping amendments corrected a number of errors in standards and footnotes in CSR Schedules 3.1 to 3.4, introduced during the 2017 amendments, and included consequential amendments to CSR Schedule 1.1 that were inadvertently missed during the Stage 10 and 11 amendments. Additionally, the name of a Wide Area Site (WAS) was changed to Environmental Management Area. The new name has the same meaning and provisions as a WAS in the CSR. The name of a Wide Area Remediation Plan will not change as a result of Stage 12 amendments. This change will affect existing WAS designation holders and future wide area sites. 


Compliance with contaminated sites requirements of the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation is ensured through promotion and verification activities as well as enforcement measures, when necessary.