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The nitty gritty on policy changes to BC soil relocation

The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) posted the final soil relocation policy paper on Thursday, January 13. This policy paper details the soil relocation requirements that ENV will make to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). The soil relocation requirements will apply to sites with specified commercial or industrial activities* where more than 30 m3 of soil will be shipped off-site within a 2 year period. If your site meets these requirements, you will now be required to complete testing following ENV guidance and submitting a notification form to a publicly-accessible ENV database one week in advance. For sites that receive more than 20,000 m3 , there are additional requirements (mostly monitoring and reporting). There are also exemptions: clean pre-load, soil going to infrastructure projects (i.e. highway construction), sand and related materials used for winter road maintenance, quarried material, and soil that is being shipped outside the province.

If you are developing a site that previously had a specified commercial or industrial activity, there is a good chance you will be required to post a notification this new ENV database before you start shipping soil off-site.

ENV is providing two webinars to discuss this final policy paper on Tuesday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 26 – both at 10:30 am. Links to the final policy paper and registration links for the webinars can be found on the ENV webpage:

As always, please reach out to SLR via the contact button below, if you have any questions about these new changes.


Note: The specified activities are listed in Schedule 2 of the CSR.

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