1B – Brownfields Regulation and Compliance: What’s new for 2019

Course Agenda

May 7, 2019
Course Description

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

Course Chair

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


Dr. Krista Barfoot, Principal Brownfield Technologist, Jacobs | Dr Glenn Ferguson,Vice President / Senior Environmental Health Scientist, Intrinsik | Dr Scott Grieco, PhD, PE, Global Environmental Solutions, Jacobs | Robert Frank, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP | David Hopper, Senior Engineer, Manager – Site Assessment and Remediation, BluMetric Environmental | J.P. Marini, Terra Nova Environmental Services |  Ken Guetter, Senior Hydrogeologist, AECOM | Dr Taras (Terry) Obal, Director, Scientific Services and Development, Maxxam Analytics | Laura Blease, Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks (Invited, TBC) | Dr. Michael Sklash, Dragun Corp | Grant Walsom, Partner, XCG Consulting Limited

Course begins 9 AM

What’s new: Excess soil management in Ontario: Update from a practitioners approach to brownfields development
  • Overview of brownfields in the new government’s environmental plan
  • Update on the status of Ontario’s new excess soils regulation
    • Ontario’s best management practices policy and framework
    • Compliance and enforcement of excess soil management laws

Overview of 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 (MGRA) vs Tier 3 RA process
  • Review of recent revisions and updates to the MGRA process
  • What these changes mean for sites trying to get a RSC

Law, liability and due diligence: What site owners and consultants need to know
  • Review of recent civil case law and recent Environmental Review Tribunal cases
  • How far can liability for historic contamination extend?
  • Off-site migration dilemmas

Emerging contaminants
  • Current regulatory status and recent updates
  • PFAS in wastewater and wastewater treatment
  • PFAS relating to biosolids, landfill migration and air dispersion

Vapour intrusion: Emphasis on practicality for due diligence risk assessments
  • Navigating the regulatory framework
  • Best practices: Leveraging current/accepted science
  • Optimizing IA mitigation and verification

Planning and budgeting for site remediation
  • Making financial evaluations of environmental issues
  • Municipalities and brownfields development – an update and tips
    • New powers for municipalities under section 34.1 to the Planning Act
    • Potential implications of the new Ford government’s approach to Brownfields development

Emerging remediation methods and technologies
  • Contaminant distribution modeling and advanced tools to solve groundwater issues

Question & answer period: Management and development of contaminated sites

A wide-ranging open panel discussion led by Janet Bobechko and speakers on current issues.

Session Ends

Course ends 5 PM

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