10/15/2008

The Ministry of the Environment posted proposed amendments to regulations related to brownfield redevelopment.
Background:

The proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 153/04 would implement the balance of the legislative reforms made to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and the Ontario Water Resources Act in 2007; it would update the site condition standards to reflect current science and would introduce a streamlined modified generic risk assessment for brownfields sites.

The proposed amendments include a package of interconnected elements:

1. Enhanced Record of Site Condition (RSC) Integrity

  • New, clear rules for completion of Phase One and Phase Two environmental site assessments for brownfield redevelopment.
  • A regulated timeline to support the submission and filing process for RSCs (proposed 30-day Notice Period for all RSC submissions).
2. Liability Protection and Off-Site Migration from the RSC Property
 
3. A Streamlined Risk Assessment Approach
 
4. Strengthened Soil and Ground Water Site Condition Standards
 
5. Complementary Technical Regulatory Amendments
 
6. Transition Provisions.
 
This proposal has been posted for a 120 day public review and comment period starting October 06, 2008.

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