Guidance Document for the Management of Impacted Sites

The Guidance Document for Management of Impacted Sites provides a clear process for the management of impacted sites in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador that results in the satisfactory resolution of environmental contamination, which may present an unacceptable risk to human and ecological health.

The Guidance Document incorporates recent scientific and regulatory advances in this area that have resulted from work at the international, national and regional levels. Specifically, recent work by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), the Canada Wide Standards (CWS) for Petroleum Hydrocarbons (PHC) Committee and the Atlantic Partners in RBCA (Risk Based Corrective Action) Implementation (PIRI) Committee have provided additional technical and management tools that will contribute to viable solutions to provincial impacted sites.

This document replaces Department Policy Document PPD-97-01 “Cleanup of Contaminated Sites Criteria, “December 1997 (as amended August, 1998).

The “Policy Directive on Management of Impacted Sites” describes the update of the Environment Act, Waste Material Disposal Action and associated regulations and policy protocols, which together provide authority to manage contaminated or impacted sites in Newfoundland and Labrador. The update reflects national and regional initiatives and harmonizes the Provincial approach with other jurisdictions, in accordance with the Canada-wide Accord on Environmental Harmonization and the Canada-wide Environmental Standards Sub agreement.