I should note at the outset that management of contaminated sites within the provincial
government has been split across two ministries. The Ministry of Water, Land and Air
Protection continues to lead the regulation of contaminated sites assessment and clean up
in BC. The Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management has been tasked with the
administration of contaminated crown land in BC. This distinction has been made to
separate the province’s dual role of regulator and land owner.
Early last year we reorganized the contaminated sites program. Probably the single most
significant change is to place all ministry staff across the province, who are involved with
contaminated sites regulation, into a single organizational unit. In the past, reporting
lines were different in the regions and headquarters. Now, all staff are managed by a
single assistant director who reports to the Director of the Environmental Management
Branch. Staff responsibilities are organized by function rather than geographic area.
This has enabled us to improve the delivery of consistent services with greater certainty
for our clients.
BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection. 2004. Workshop on Contaminated Sites Legislation and Policy Development. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
Keywords: contaminated site legislation, contaminated site policy development
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