Updates to the 2021 Version 4 of the Atlantic RBCA User Guidance and the 2021 Atlantic RBCA EQS/PSS and associated Rationale Document. Atlantic Regulators will require assessment, remediation and closure reports to utilize the 2022 updated versions of all documents with specific Exceptions as outlined in the updated Implementation Procedure for Atlantic RBCA V4 User Guidance and EQS/PSS.
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Atlantic Risk-Based Corrective Action (Atlantic RBCA) is a process to assess and manage the remediation of sites impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons and other contaminants in Atlantic Canada. The implementation and maintenance of Atlantic RBCA is overseen by the Atlantic Partnership in Risk-Based Corrective Action Implementation (Atlantic PIRI).
Established in 1997, Atlantic PIRI is a collaborative group of provincial environment regulators, industry representatives, and regional environmental consultants from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This group identifies and discusses issues, develops standards and processes, and provides recommendations for continued technical and regulatory harmonization across the region.
Since 1997, the Atlantic RBCA Toolkit has been used to successfully assess or remediate petroleum-impacted sites and facilitate regulatory file closures for more than 8,279 sites in the region, making these properties ready for brownfield redevelopment opportunities.
Updates: Contaminated Sites Management Program
Following the release of Atlantic RBCA Version 4.0 Toolkit and User Guidance and updates to the New Brunswick Contaminated Site Management (CSM) program, the following documents and forms have been updated:
- ESA/RAP, Monitoring and Closure Report submission forms
- Historical Contamination Site Registration (HCSR) form
- Submission Requirements and Review Procedures guidance document for Site Professionals
Effective immediately, Site Professionals are required to use the updated submission forms, HCSR form, and follow the updated Submission Requirements and Review Procedures guidance document.
Important changes to the V4 User Guidance and V4 Toolkit include updates to the chemical toxicity database, expanded subsurface volatilization modelling options, updates to hazard quotients and carcinogenic vs. non-carcinogenic SSTLs.
Effective August 30, 2021, Atlantic Regulators will require assessment, remediation and closure reports to utilize Atlantic RBCA V4 Toolkit and V4 User Guidance and/or 2021 Atlantic RBCA EQS/PSS with specific Exceptions as outlined in the Atlantic RBCA V4 and EQS/PSS Implementation Procedure