The Ministry of Environment (MOE) has recently issued a series of omnibus documents that describe the status of new stage 10 amendments to the BC Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). The new amendments would involve changes to the environmental standards for existing chemicals, the addition of new chemicals, and new land use categories.
The new BC CSR standards are expected to benefit the industry. For example, the BC MOE has indicated that it intends to replace aesthetic drinking water standards with less stringent toxicologically based drinking water standards. Similarly, the high density residential land use category will have standards that are less stringent that the residential land use standards. This means that clients seeking BC CSR instruments such as Certificates of Compliance could obtain occupancy permits for high rise residential buildings with underground parkades more easily than they would under the present regulatory framework.