Upcoming Changes to Soil Relocation in British Columbia

Upcoming Changes to Soil Relocation in British Columbia June 2021 Intentions Paper Update

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Earlier this year, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy issued an intentions paper titled “Regulating Soil Relocation.”

The paper details the Ministry’s proposed new regulatory system for the movement of uncontaminated soil within the province of British Columbia.

The upcoming changes will enact as part of the Stage 14 Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation.

These new regulations will make moving soil from a wide variety of sites more difficult and costly, potentially disrupting excavation schedules and logistics.

We invited Travis Deeter, P.Ag., CSAP, Associate and Senior Environmental Scientist with Thurber Engineering, to share his insights on the topic.

Points covered include:

  • Problems with the current soil relocation regime
  • What’s changing
  • Proposed new soil relocation regime
  • Who does this apply to

Questions covered on the webinar include:

  • When are these changes coming into effect?
  • How to deal with multiple receiving sites?
  • Will the changes apply to residential sites?
  • Will the changes apply to preload material?
  • Will the changes apply to gravel suppliers?
  • How will the new changes affect transfer stations?
  • Has the Ministry engaged the industry on these changes?
  • Is there any mention of invasive plants in the new regulations?
  • Has there been any talk of ongoing monitoring for high-volume sites?
  • How will the changes affect sites with multiple land uses?
  • What about the disposal of waste rock in high-volume receiving sites?
  • Is the Ministry expecting that all clean soils intended for offsite disposal be characterized via TG1 guidelines?
  • Will there be restrictions for soil movement from areas with Japanese beetle infestation?
  • What to do if you can’t find a receiving site?
  • How far back are we supposed to go when deciding schedule 2 uses?

Visit the ministry website to download a copy of the PDF file.


For more questions about this webinar, please contact:

Travis Deeter, P.Ag., CSAP
Environmental Scientist Associate
Thurber Engineering Ltd.

Mana Arabi, P.Eng
CEO & Co-founder
Fill Connect Inc.