Highlights for Local Government: During consultations on BC’s legislation for contaminated sites, local governments raised several key issues. In particular, they expressed concern over: (1) their liability for negligence in reviewing development applications; (2) their liability for mediation simply because of owning a contaminated site, such as one acquired through tax default; (3) the lack of clear provincial assurance as to whether remediation has been satisfactorily completed (4) the poor integration of current municipal and provincial contaminated site functions (notably, those concerning the relocation of contaminated soil, and the assessment of contaminated soil problems as part of the subdivision and zoning review processes). These concerns and many others are addressed in BC’s contaminated sites legal regime under the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation.
BC Ministry of Environment. 2005. FACTS ON CONTAMINATED SITES: Highlights for Local Government. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: legislation, contaminated site
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