An increasing number of sites contaminated with hazardous chemicals is being brought to the attention of the Provincial Government. Urban and rural lands have sometimes been contaminated by residues of past industrial activity, and land owners and developers are seeking assurances that their lands are safe for various uses. The Province, with its responsibility to control environmental pollution, is now frequently requested to provide advice on contaminated sites, and to provide assurances that these properties are managed so that impacts on human health and the environment are within acceptable limits. Because soil contaminants can be transferred to water, air, and animal and plant life, benchmarks to assess the relative contamination of these media are needed. While a long-term goal of the Province is to develop these benchmarks in-house, there is a strong demand for them now. This paper describes the sources and the process the province will use in developing these benchmarks. To a large extent, these benc
BC Ministry of Environment. 1989. Developing Criteria and Objectives for Managing Contaminated Sites in British Columbia. BC Ministry of Environment
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