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"Point in Time" Regulation Content

Environmental Management Act; Public Health Act

Organic Matter Recycling Regulation

B.C. Reg. 18/2002

NOTE: Links below go to reg content as it was prior to the changes made on the effective date. (PIT covers changes made from September 19, 2009 to present)
SECTIONEFFECTIVE DATE
Section 3.1 June 9, 2016
Section 7 November 1, 2017
Section 9 November 1, 2017
Section 15 November 1, 2017
Section 33 June 9, 2016
Section 34 November 1, 2017
July 19, 2016
Schedule 9 November 1, 2017
Schedule 10 November 1, 2017
Schedule 10.1 November 1, 2017

 Section 3.1 was enacted by BC Reg 132/2016, effective June 9, 2016.

 Section 7 (2) (b) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 243/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

(b) the soil substance concentrations specified in Schedules 9 and 10.

 Section 9 (2) (c) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 243/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

(c) the soil substance concentrations specified in Schedules 9 and 10, or the site-specific criteria approved by a director.

 Section 15 (1) (c) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 243/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

(c) the soil substance concentrations specified in Schedules 9 and 10, or the site-specific numeric soil standards approved by a director.

 Section 33 was enacted by BC Reg 132/2016, effective June 9, 2016.

 Section 34 was encacted by BC Reg 243/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

 Section 33 (5) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 179/2016, effective July 19, 2016.

(5) A discharger to which subsection (1) applies is exempt from section 3.1 (1) until the date the director makes a decision in relation to the discharger's application under subsection (1) (a) of this section.

 Schedule 9 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 243/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

Schedule 9

Generic Soil Standards for Cobalt, Molybdenum, Nickel and
Selenium Where Managed Organic Matter Has Been Applied

1  Site-specific numeric soil standards for a land application plan for managed organic matter may be developed using protocols approved by the director.

2  The following soil standards, expressed in µg/g dry weight, must not be exceeded in soil to which managed organic matter has been applied in accordance with a land application plan that does not include site-specific standards:

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6
SubstanceAgricultural
Land (AL)
Urban Park
Land (UPL)
Residential
Land (RL)
Commercial
Land (CL)
Industrial
Land (IL)
Cobalt405050300300
Molybdenum510104040
Nickel150100100500500
Selenium2331010

 Schedule 9 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 243/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

Schedule 10

Matrix Soil Standards for Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead,
Mercury (Inorganic) and Zinc Where Managed Organic Matter Has Been Applied

1  Site-specific numeric soil standards for a land application plan for managed organic matter may be developed using protocols approved by the director.

2  Soil standards, expressed in µg/g dry weight in the following tables, must not be exceeded in soil to which managed organic matter has been applied in accordance with a land application plan that does not include site-specific standards.

Table 1 — Soil Standards: Arsenic1

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
2
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil1001001003003,4
Groundwater used for drinking water15151515155
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates
and plants
505050100100
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder25
Major microbial functional impairmentNS6
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life
Freshwater20202020205
Marine25252525255
Groundwater used for live stock watering155
Groundwater used for irrigation watering2525255

Table 2 — Soil Standards: Cadmium7

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
8
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil3 or 353 or 353 or 351009,10,11
Groundwater used for drinking water
pH < 6.51.51.51.51.51.512,13
pH 6.5 - < 7.03333312,13
pH 7.0 - < 7.5151515151512,13
pH 7.5 - < 8.020020020020020012,13
pH > 8.01 0001 0001 0001 0001 00012,13
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants707070500500
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder9
Major microbial functional impairmentNS14
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life Freshwater
pH < 7.02222212,13
pH 7.0 - < 7.52.52.52.52.52.512,13
pH 7.5 - < 8.0252525252512,13
pH > 8.015015015015015012,13
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life Marine
pH < 7.02222212,13
pH 7.0 - < 7.53.53.53.53.53.512,13
pH 7.5 - < 8.0353535353512,13
pH > 8.020020020020020012,13
Groundwater used for livestock watering
pH < 6.02.512,13
pH 6.0 - < 6.5612,13
pH 6.5 - < 7.03012,13
pH 7.0 - < 7.520012,13
pH 7.5 - < 8.03 00012,13
pH > 8.020 00012,13
Groundwater used for irrigation watering
pH < 6.522212,13
pH 6.5 - < 7.033312,13
pH 7.0 - < 7.515151512,13
pH 7.5 - < 8.020020020012, 13
pH > 8.01 0001 0001 00012,13

Table 3 — Soil Standards: Chromium15

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
16
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil10010010030017,18
Groundwater used for drinking water606060606019, 20
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants30030030070070019
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder150
50
18
21
Major microbial functional impairment5019,22
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life
Freshwater
60
65
60
65
60
65
60
65
60
65
18,22
20,21
Marine
60
95
60
95
60
95
60
95
60
95
18,20
20,21
Groundwater used for livestock watering6023
Groundwater used for irrigation watering60606023

Table 4 — Soil Standards: Copper24

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
25
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil15 00015 00015 00050 00026
Groundwater used for drinking water
pH < 5.025025025025025027,28
pH 5.0 - < 5.540040040040040027,28
pH 5.5 - < 6.01 5001 5001 5001 5001 50027,28
pH 6.0 - < 6.515 00015 00015 00015 00015 00027,28
pH > 6.5350 000350 000350 000350 000350 00027,28
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants150150150250250
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder15029
Major microbial functional impairmentNS30
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life
pH < 5.0909090909027,28
pH 5.0 - < 5.510010010010010027,28
pH 5.5 - < 6.020020020020020027,28
pH 6.0 - < 6.51 5001 5001 5001 5001 50027,28
pH > 6.530 00030 00030 00030 00030 00027,28
Groundwater used for livestock watering
pH < 5.010027,28
pH 5.0 - < 5.515027,28
pH 5.5 - < 6.050027,28
pH 6.0 - < 6.55 00027,28
pH > 6.590 00027,28
Groundwater used for irrigation watering
pH < 5.010010010027,28
pH 5.0 - < 5.515015015027,28
pH 5.5 - < 6.035035035027,28
pH 6.0 - < 6.53 5003 5003 50027,28
pH > 6.575 00075 00075 00027, 28

Table 5 — Soil Standards: Lead31

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
32
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil5005005001 00033, 34
Groundwater used for drinking water
pH < 6.010010010010010035,36
pH 6.0 - < 6.525025025025025035,36
pH > 6.54 0004 0004 0004 0004 00035,36
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants1 0001 0001 0002 0002 000
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder350
Major microbial functional impairmentNS37
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life
pH < 5.515015015015015035,36
pH 5.5 - < 6.025025025025025035,36
pH 6.0 - < 6.52 0002 0002 0002 0002 00035,36
pH > 6.540 00040 00040 00040 00040 00035,36
Groundwater used for livestock watering
pH < 5.515035,36
pH 5.5 - < 6.025035,36
pH 6.0 - < 6.51 50035,36
pH > 6.530 00035,36
Groundwater used for irrigation watering
pH < 5.515015015035,36
pH 5.5 - < 6.040040040035,36
pH 6.0 - < 6.53 5003 5003 50035,36
pH > 6.5100 000100 000100 00035,36

Table 6 — Soil Standards: Mercury (inorganic)38

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
39
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil1515154040
Groundwater used for drinking waterNSNSNSNSNS41
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants100100100150150
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder0.6
Major microbial functional impairment2042
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life Freshwater or MarineNSNSNSNSNS41
Groundwater used for livestock wateringNS41
Groundwater used for irrigation wateringNSNSNS41

Table 7 — Soil Standards: Zinc43

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Note
Site-specific FactorAgricultural
Land(AL)
Urban Park
Land(UPL)
Residential
Land(RL)
Commercial
Land(CL)
Industrial
Land(IL)
44
Human Health Protection
Intake of contaminated soil10 00010 00010 00030 00045
Groundwater used for drinking water
pH < 5.015015015015015046,47
pH 5.0 - < 5.520020020020020046,47
pH 5.5 - < 6.030030030030030046,47
pH 6.0 - < 6.51 0001 0001 0001 0001 00046,47
pH 6.5 - < 7.07 5007 5007 5007 5007 50046,47
pH > 7.015 00015 00015 00015 00015 00046,47
Environmental Protection
Toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants450450450600600
Livestock ingesting soil and fodder200
Major microbial functional impairment32048
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life Freshwater
pH < 6.015015015015015046,47,49
pH 6.0 - < 6.530030030030030046,47,49
pH 6.5 - < 7.01 5001 5001 5001 5001 50046,47,49
pH > 7.03 0003 0003 0003 0003 00046,47,49
Groundwater flow to surface water used by aquatic life Marine
pH < 6.515015015015015046,47,49
pH 6.5 - < 7.030030030030030046,47,49
pH 7.0 - < 7.52 0002 0002 0002 0002 00046,47,49
pH > 7.535 00035 00035 00035 00035 00046,47,49
Groundwater used for livestock watering
pH < 5.515046,47
pH 5.5 - < 6.020046,47
pH 6.0 - < 6.550046,47
pH 6.5 - < 7.03 00046,47
pH > 7.07 00046,47
Groundwater used for irrigation watering
pH < 6.015015015046,47
pH 6.0 - < 6.550050050046,47
pH 6.5 - < 7.03 0003 0003 00046,47
pH > 7.015 00015 00015 00046,47

Consult director for further advice.

Notes to Table 1

1.All values are in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
2.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
3.Standard has been derived based on results of clinical studies at sites. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the soil ingestion clinical study factor. For AL, PL and RL the soil ingestion clinical study factor is 80 µg/g. For CL soil ingestion the clinical study factor is 240 µg/g.
4.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
5.Standard has been adjusted based on a reference provincial background soil concentration. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the reference provincial background soil concentration. For all land uses, the reference provincial background soil concentration is 14.9 µg/g.
6.NS - no standard. Insufficient acceptable scientific data exists, so no standard is calculated.

Notes to Table 2

7.All values in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
8.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
9.If land is used to grow produce for human consumption, the standard is 3 µg/g; if not, the standard is 35 µg/g.
10.The 3 µg/g standard has been derived based on results of clinical studies at sites. It represents the rounded remainder of the toxicologically-based value, 35 µg/g, minus the soil ingestion clinical study factor, 32 µg/g.
11.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
12.The pH is the pH of the soil at a site.
13.Standard has been adjusted based on a reference provincial background soil concentration. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the reference provincial background soil concentration. For all land uses, the reference provincial background soil concentration is 1.3 µg/g.
14.NS - no standard. Insufficient acceptable scientific data exists, so no standard is calculated.

Notes to Table 3

15.All values in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
16.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
17.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
18.Standard is for chromium+6.
19.Standard is for chromium (total).
20.Standard has been adjusted based on a reference provincial background soil concentration. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the reference provincial background soil concentration. For all land uses, the reference provincial background soil concentration is 58.9 µg/g.
21.Standard is for chromium+3.
22.Standard is set equal to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, 1999 - Nutrient and energy cycling check value.
23.Standard is applicable to both chromium+3 and chromium+6.

Notes to Table 4

24.All values in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
25.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
26.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
27.The pH is the pH of the soil at a site.
28.Standard has been adjusted based on a reference provincial background soil concentration. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the reference provincial background soil concentration. For all land uses, the reference provincial background soil concentration is 74.0 µg/g.
29.Standard is applicable to livestock other than sheep. Consult director for further advice.
30.NS - no standard. Insufficient acceptable scientific data exists, so no standard is calculated.

Notes to Table 5

31.All values in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
32.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
33.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
34.Standard has been derived based on clinical studies at sites. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value, 115 µg/g, plus the soil ingestion clinical study factor, 385 µg/g. For CL soil ingestion the clinical study factor is 650 µg/g.
35.The pH is the pH of the soil at a site.
36.Standard has been adjusted based on a reference provincial background soil concentration. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the reference provincial background soil concentration. For all land uses, the reference provincial background soil concen-tration is 108.6 µg/g.
37.NS - no standard. Insufficient acceptable scientific data exists, so no standard is calculated.

Notes to Table 6

38.All values are in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
39.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
40.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
41.NS - no standard. Insufficient acceptable scientific data exists, so no standard is calculated.
42.Standard is set equal to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, 1999 - Nutrient and energy cycling check value

Notes to Table 7

43.All values in µg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in protocols approved under section 53 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C. Reg. 375/96, or alternate methods acceptable to the director.
44.The site-specific factors of human intake of contaminated soil and toxicity to soil invertebrates and plants specified in this matrix apply at all sites.
45.Intake pathway of exposure modeled is inadvertent ingestion of soil.
46.The pH is the pH of the soil at a site.
47.Standard has been adjusted based on a reference provincial background soil concentration. Standard represents the rounded sum of the toxicologically-based value plus the reference provincial background soil concentration. For all land uses, the reference provincial background soil concentration is 138.1 µg/g.
48.Standard is set equal to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, 1999 - Nutrient and energy cycling check value.
49.Standard varies with receiving water hardness (H). H = 100 - < 200 mg/L as CaCO3 is assumed.

 Schedule 10.1 was enacted by BC Reg 243/2016 (as amended by BC Reg 195/2017), effective November 1, 2017.