Contaminated Sites Regulations

Please be informed that new protocols, forms and checklists for the Nova Scotia’s new Contaminated Sites Regulations that came into effect on Saturday, July 6, 2013, are available on the Nova Scotia Environment website.

Nova Soctia Contaminated Sites Regulations

To access these documents, as well as frequently asked questions, please visit With the exception of existing contaminated site files on record at Nova Scotia Environment, the following policies and procedures will no longer be applicable after July 6th, and will be removed from our website:

  • Guidelines for the Management of Contaminated Sites in NS
  • Domestic Fuel Oil Spill Policy
  • Interim Procedures for the Management of Contaminated Site Files,
    including forms and checklists

IInformation sessions for stakeholders will be held in the weeks ahead, the dates and times of which will also be posted on the department’s website.

Effective July 6th, all contaminated site notifications must be made in accordance with the Notification of Contamination Protocol. This document outlines in detail if and when notification to the department is required after July 6th.

A grace period is allowed for closure of sites that were reported to the department before July 6th. The previous system of guidance documents and policies may still be used to remediate such sites. However, if clients choose to continue under the previous system, the department will require all work and files to be submitted for closure by December 31, 2013.

Notification under the new regulations will not be required where previous notification under the old system has already been provided and the old system is intended to be used.

There is the option to switch to the new regulations. Clients using the new system must formally notify the department under the Notification of Contamination Protocol.

Please note that site professionals registered under the Domestic Fuel Oil Spill Policy but not recognized under the new Contaminated Sites Regulations, may remain as Site Professionals under the old policy until December 31, 2013, to provide time close their current files.

Checklists or forms for the previous system, “Interim Procedures for the Management of Contaminated Site Files,” may be obtained from a Nova Scotia Department of Environment Compliance Regional Office.

Guidance documents related to the new regulations are under development and will be posted online as they are completed. These guidance documents will be “living documents” and will be updated as questions arise. The department welcomes feedback in making the guidance documents more useful for both site professionals and the general public.

If you have any questions concerning this message, or the province’s new contaminated sites management program, please contact the department at