The Contaminated Site Regulation (CSR), as promulgated under the provincial Waste Management Act, provides detailed guidance on a range of issues related to the assessment and management of contaminated sites, including standards for soil and water. While no specific guidance on the management of contaminated sediments was established in the CSR, the need to develop such guidance is indicated in the Waste Management Act. Specifically, Section 26 (1) of the Act states that: ?a contaminated site means an area of land in which the soil or any groundwater lying beneath it, or the water or the underlying sediment, contains: a special waste; or, another prescribed substance in quantities or concentrations exceeding prescribed criteria, standards, or conditions.? Thus, criteria for assessing and remediating contaminated sediments in freshwater, marine and estuarine environments are required to support the assessment, remediation and management of sediments at contaminated sites in British Columbia and to ensure such
Toxics Special Waste and Pesticides Section. 2002. CRITERIA FOR CONTAMINATED SITES: Criteria for Managing Contaminated Sediment in British Columbia: Technical Appendix. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
Keywords: contaminated sites, sediment
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