In British Columbia, the federal and provincial governments share authority for
assessing and managing contaminated sediments under the Fisheries Act (FA), the Waste
Management Act (WMA), and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
In recognition of the need to establish harmonized procedures for assessing and
managing contaminated sites in British Columbia, the Federal/Provincial Technical
Committee on the Development of Sediment Quality Criteria for Assessing and
Managing Contaminated Sites (Sediment Technical Committee; consisting of
representatives of the British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection -
BCWLAP, Environment Canada - EC, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada - DFO) was
established in January, 1998. This committee was charged with the task of developing a
joint federal-provincial framework for assessing and managing contaminated sediments,
a guidance manual to support the design and implementation of sediment quality
assessments at contaminated sites, and Sediment Quality Criteria (SedQC) to support
the management of contaminated sediments.
BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection. 2002. P3 Draft Director's Criteria for Contaminated Sites Criteria for Managing Contaminated Sediment in British Columbia. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
Keywords: contaminated site, sediment, draft
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