Nov. 1, 2017: Changes to Contaminated Sites Regulation to Take Effect


The Stage 10 (Omnibus) amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation under the Environmental Management Act were approved and will take effect on Nov. 1, 2017. Among other things, the amendments:

  • Update all existing soil, water and vapour standards to reflect contemporary science
  • Simplify the formats and consolidate existing schedules into four new schedules organized by environmental media (soil, water, vapour and sediment)
  • Add new toxicology-based soil/water standards for some emerging contaminants
  • Establish a regulatory commitment to an ongoing five year fixed cycle of review to ensure the regulation’s standards are regularly assessed and updated.