British Columbia: Stage 14 Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation

To streamline the soil relocation process and improve ministry oversight, the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) has proposed changes for the province’s soil relocation as part of the Stage 14 Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). ENV will be holding webinars on December 14 and 15, 2022, further explaining the changes.

The Order in Council for the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) amendment was approved by Cabinet on June 1, 2022, and the changes to soil relocation come into effect on March 1, 2023. The changes are expected to affect most redevelopment sites with soil excavation and removal. Keystone Environmental can support you on your project needs and can help you navigate through these changes.

Ontario: Amendments to Certain Requirements Under the Excess Soil Regulation

On November 3, 2022, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) proposed to amend the Excess Soil Regulation, Ontario Regulation 406/19, to remove the reuse planning requirements – including registration, sampling, and tracking for excess soil moved from “lower risk projects” – and to enable larger temporary piles of soil for storage. The comment period closes December 3, 2022, leaving only a few more days to add your comments.

In March 2022, the MECP posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario a potential pause of select requirements (e.g., planning documentation, soil tracking, and filing a notice) under the Excess Soil Regulation. On April 20, 2022, the Amending Regulation came into effect, pausing these select requirements until December 31, 2022.  These currently suspended requirements will come into effect on January 1, 2023.

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Keystone Environmental can help you navigate these regulatory changes and help support your project needs. We can recognize issues, evaluate risks, and effectively apply professional judgement to support you in achieving your project objectives. Contact us for more information.

Source & Related Links:
BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), Site Remediation News
Environmental Registry of Ontario, Notice on Amendments to Certain Requirements under Excess Soil Regulation