March 12: New Environmental Regulations on Contaminated Sites

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The province introduced new regulations for cleaning up contaminated sites. The regulations, which will take effect in July 2013, address recommendations made by the auditor general in 2010 and meet a target in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. They:

  • Ensure that site professionals are qualified to do the work
  • Allow property owners to get a release from further enforcement once a site’s cleaned to provincial standards
  • Support creating an online registry of contaminated properties.