2A – Ontario’s New Excess Soils Regulations and Contaminated Sites

November 16 – Course Agenda to be Finalized. See Spring CANECT Conference agenda below for reference.

Previous course description for example: Stay tuned for more information

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

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Partner, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, WeirFoulds LLP

Guest Speakers to be Confirmed

April 26 – Course begins 9 AM

Excess soil management in Ontario: Practical discussion of the new Excess Soil Regulations

Take a deep dive into the working details of the regulation and what you need to know and discuss with clients.

  • Complementary amendments to Regulation 347 (Waste)
  • Amendments to O. Reg. 153/04 (Records of Site Condition)
  • “Rules for On-Site and Excess Soil Management”
  • “Beneficial Reuse Assessment Tool”
  • Important changes to contract documents and supplementary conditions

Speakers: Janet Bobechko, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP; Laura Blease, Land Use Policy, Environmental Policy Branch, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; Jeff Scorgie, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Sampling and analysis for excess soils: The role of a laboratory
  •  Minimum analytical requirements towards an Excess Soil Sampling & Analysis Plan (discussing the minimum analytical requirements regardless of site history or COPCs identified; the difference in analytical requirements between bulk soil vs storm water pond sediment)
  • When is Leachate Analysis required? (under what scenarios is leachate analysis required, what method, how many samples and for which parameters)
  • Applicability of Excess Soil standards (Understanding the tables of standards, parameters at or near the detection limits, single point vs statistical method compliance)

Speaker: Virgil Guran, Consulting Scientist, Site Assessment & Remediation, Environmental Services, Bureau Veritas Laboratories

Contaminated site liability: A refresher of who may be liable
  • Case law reminder
  • Who is responsible for contamination
  • Historic contamination
  • Off site liability
  • Limitation periods
  • Consultant exposure

Speaker: Janet Bobechko, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Emerging contaminants: What you need to know – A panel discussion
  • PFAS basics
  • Sources and liability considerations (contaminated land, drinking water, landfills, etc.)
  • Regulatory considerations and standards
  • Options for remediation – case studies

Speakers: Krista Barfoot, Global PFAS Practice Leader, Stantec; Paul Newman, Department of Defense Market Sector Leader, ect2 (Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies Inc.)

Use of Risk Assessment (RA) to optimize development decisions
  • RA as a tool to support site development
  • Optimizing risk management measurers
  • Emerging challenges
  • Risk Assessment beyond brownfields – how RA applies to contaminated sites
  • Due Diligence Risk Assessment

Speaker: Edyta Chorostkowska, Team Leader Environmental Risk Assessment, Pinchin

Addressing current and future climate risks on contaminated sites

Day to day effects of climate on brownfields and contaminated sites

  • Climate risk assessment process
  • Data gathering and measurement tools
  • Review of a case study

Speaker: To be confirmed

Management, remediation and development of contaminated sites: Open panel discussion on current issues

An expert panel led by Janet Bobechko. Featuring: David Hopper, Senior Engineer, Manager – Site Assessment and Remediation, BluMetric; Kerry-Anne Pumphrey, Senior Scientist, Blue Frog Environmental Consulting

Question and answer period

Course ends 4 PM

Course ProgramsRegister

8 AM: Registration opens

9 AM: Courses begin

12 PM: Lunch

4 PM: Courses finish