1B – Brownfields 2018: Regulation, Liability & Best Practices


Course Description

This popular one-day compliance workshop provides an essential update to enable consultants, governments, proponents, developers, municipalities and environmental professionals to successfully navigate practical issues arising from the new rules governing contaminated sites, risk assessment and liability.

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Senior Partner, Certified Specialist (Environmental Law), Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Guest Speakers

Dr Krista Barfoot, CH2M/Jacobs | Dr Glenn Ferguson, Intrinsik | Dr Scott Grieco, CH2M/Jacobs | Robert Frank, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP | David Hopper, BluMetric Environmental | J.P. Marini, Terra Nova Environmental Services | Michael Lieberman, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP | Ken Guetter, AECOM | Don Forbes, Waterfront Toronto | Dr Taras (Terry) Obal, Maxxam Analytics | Laura Blease, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Course begins 9 AM

What’s New: Overview of Excess Soil Regulatory Package and Practical Implications
  • Ontario’s new excess soils regulation
  • Rules for bringing soil to a property where an RSC will be filed
  • Transition rules
  • Ontario’s best management practices policy and framework
  • Compliance and enforcement of excess soil management laws
  • Training, outreach, education and certification: QP Certifications
  • Implications and practical considerations of the excess soil regulations

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP,  J.P. Marini, Terra Nova and Dr Krista Barfoot, CH2M/Jacobs


New Developments in the Site and Risk Assessment Regime
  • Background on the use of risk assessment under O. Reg. 153/04 (as amended)
  • Use of the Tier 2 (Modified Generic Risk Assessment, or MGRA) versus Tier 3 RA process
  • Review of recent revisions and updates to the MGRA process, including:
    • New built-in report template
    • New pathway modifiers
    • New risk management measures
    • New chemicals benchmarks
  • Discussion of what these changes mean for sites trying to get an RSC
  • Proposed relief on evaluating salt impacts in soil and groundwater
  • Proposed relief on vertical delineation of contamination under certain conditions

Dr Glenn Ferguson, Intrinsik


Planning and Policy: Municipalities and Brownfield Development
  • Municipal responses to Ministry requirements
  • Impact on planning permissions
  • Risks for developers and municipalities

Michael Lieberman, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


Emerging Contaminants
  • Introduction to Emerging Contaminants
  • Advances in Toxicology Drive Risk/Regulation
  • Advances in Analytical Methods Drive Discovery
  • Well Emerged Example: 1,4-Dioxane (Occurrence, Regulation, Analytical, Treatment)
  • Rapidly Emerging Example: PFAS (Occurrence, Regulation, Analytical, Treatment)

Dr Scott Grieco, CH2M/Jacobs


Vapour Intrusion: Emphasis on Practicality for Due Diligence RA
  • Using methods within and outside the RSC process
  • Navigating the regulatory framework
  • Best practices – Leveraging current/accepted science
  • Optimizing IA mitigation and verification sampling

Ken Guetter, AECOM


Law, Liability and Due Diligence: What Site Owners and Consultants Need to Know
  • Review of recent civil case law
  • Recent Environmental Review Tribunal cases
  • How far can liability for historic contamination extend?
  • Off site migration dilemmas

Robert Frank, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


Waterfront Toronto: Port Lands Redevelopment
  • Challenges and opportunities for the Port Lands redevelopment plans

Don Forbes, Waterfront Toronto


Management and Development of Contaminated Sites and Movement of Excess Soil: A wide ranging open panel discussion on current issues.
  • Expert Panel

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Dr Taras (Terry) Obal, Maxxam Analytics and David Hopper, BluMetric Environmental

Course ends 5 PM

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