In New Brunswick, the remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons impacted sites is overseen by the Department of Environment and Local Government. The following documents outline procedures and guidelines for assessing, managing, and completing site remediations in accordance with provincial requirements.
In any remediation effort, early consultation with the appropriate government department is strongly recommended to ensure all required criteria and procedures are addressed.
Guideline for the Management of Contaminated Sites
The Guideline for the Management of Contaminated Sites Version 2 (November 2003), commonly referred to as the Contaminated Sites Management (CSM) process, is the approach currently being used in New Brunswick for the remediation of contaminated sites. The Department’s Remediation Program also applies to the cleanup of sites which are managed outside of the CSM process, through the Department’s Occurrences process. These two processes form the basis of the Department’s Remediation Program and will continue to be used as the general management process to remediate sites in the province.
Now in effect, the new Requirements and Review Procedures describes changes to the remediation program. Specifically, this supporting document outlines report submission requirements for site professional documents and department’s report review and auditing procedures.
In the past, smaller spills such as motor vehicle accidents or domestic fuel oil spills, where groundwater was not impacted, would typically be managed within the CSM process under what was referred to as the Limited Remedial Action (LRA) process. With the establishment of a screening document that clearly defines an occurrence, many of the smaller spills that typically would be handled as an LRA can now be managed outside of the CSM process as an “occurrence”.
Although the CSM process indicates that the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is submitted to DELG for acknowledgment, it has been recognized that in some instances this approach is not always practical (e.g. a spill requiring expeditious removal of impacted/contaminated soils). As a result, the DELG will now only require approval of the RAP when it involves of the introduction of any active chemical or biological agents, or the release of potential contaminants associated with the remediation process to the environment, prior to implementation.
The department has also revised the Notification/Remediation (NR) Site Registration Form that was being used by Site Professionals to obtain a remediation file number. The new form (Historical Contamination Site Registration Form) must now be used by Site Professionals to provide DELG with details on the discovery of historical contamination (not active spills) and to obtain a remediation file number. This form provides details on how to report contamination as required by the Clean Environment Act.
All site professional report submissions (ESA/RAP, Monitoring, and Closure reports) must consist of one hard copy and one electronic copy. The electronic copy can be submitted by email to email@example.com.
For report submissions that are too large to be submitted by e-mail (file size limit approximately 10 MB), a USB flash drive (i.e. memory stick) can accompany the hard copy. Alternatively, the DELG has an FTP site (https://ftps.gnb.ca) that can be used to submit documents.
The following documents support the Guideline: