New brownfield cleanup standards- what dates?

Under regulation 153/04, the benchmark for contaminated site cleanups in Ontario has, since  October 1, 2004, been the Soil, Ground Water and Sediment Standards for Use under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act,  March 9, 2004. This standard becomes obsolete July 1, 2011, when substantial amendments to the contaminated sites rules come into effect.

Since January 1, 2010, the new standards (scheduled to come into effect July 1, 2011) have been a set of standards that the Ministry of the Environment confusingly dated July 27, 2009. This spring, by Reg. 179/11, the 2009 standards were updated and corrected, and now bear the date of April 15, 2011. Thus, the  standards that will actually come into effect on July 1, 2011 will be the Soil, Ground Water and Sediment Standards for Use under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act, April 15, 2011.

All clear now?

Comments

  1. Stephen Hodgson

    Another thing to watch out for is to make sure that you are using the O.Reg. 179/11 version of "Protocol for Analytical Methods Used in the Assessment of Properties under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act", March 9, 2004, amended as of July 1, 2011. To the best of my knowledge, this document has been issued in four versions with the same title and date each time. The version that was released with O.Reg. 179/11 has green trim at the base of the cover page, is lacking a PIBS document number in the lower left corner of the cover page and the References section starts on page 85.

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