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:
- EMA Part 4 - Contaminated Sites Remediation
- EMA Part 5 - Remediation of Mineral Exploration Sites & Mines
- EMA Part 10 - Offences & Penalties
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.
Stage 13 Amendments (Site Identification)
Following a multi-year consultation process (see Requests for Comments page), the B.C. government is proposing changes to the current process for identifying contaminated sites. These changes will strengthen and streamline the legal regime, making the process clearer and more predictable, and will improve our ability to carry out compliance verification and enforcement. This will ensure that contaminated sites are investigated and remediated in a timely manner, following site closure and prior to redevelopment. The policy direction paper outlines the amendments to the identification of contaminated sites provisions in the Environmental Management Act (Bill 17) and the corresponding proposed amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation.
In addition to the proposed changes to the site identification process, several other amendments are under consideration, including:
- Revised methanol standard for soil protective of groundwater due to changes made to the degradation rate constant;
- Correction of typographical and transcription errors to substance names and CAS numbers in Schedule 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3; and
- Removal of Schedule 1.1, "Summary of Site Condition” from the CSR and placement of the form under a Protocol.
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).
2019 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.
- Ministerial Order #426 (PDF) issued October 2016
- Order-in-Council #747 (PDF) issued October 2016
- Order-in-Council #024 (PDF) issued January 2017
- Ministerial Order #015 (PDF) issued January 2014
- Ministerial Order #016 (PDF) issued January 2013
- Ministerial Order #134 (PDF) issued May 2011
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.