B.C. Reg. 375/96
O.C. 1480/96 and M271/2004
Deposited December 16, 1996
effective April 1, 1997

Environmental Management Act

Contaminated Sites Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2014
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 4/2014, January 31, 2014]

Point in Time

Schedule 7

[en. B.C. Reg. 324/2004, s. 68; am. B.C. Regs. 239/2007, s. 8; 343/2008, s. 17.]

Standards Triggering Contaminated Soil Relocation Agreements 1

COLUMN I COLUMN II COLUMN III COLUMN IV
Substance Soil Relocation to

Nonagricultural Land2 
Soil Relocation to

Agricultural Land3 
Waste Disposal

Prohibited

Without Authorization4 
Inorganic Substances
 antimony 20 20 40
 arsenic 15 15 15
 barium 400 400 400
 beryllium 4 4 8
 boron (hot water soluble)   2  
 cadmium 1.5 1.5 1.5
chloride ion (Cl-) 35 35 90
 chromium (+3) 60 50 65
 chromium (+6) 60 60 60
 chromium (total) 60 50 60
 cobalt 50 40 300
 copper 90 90 90
 cyanide (WAD)5 10 0.5 100
 cyanide (SAD)6 50 5 500
 fluoride 400 200 2 000
 lead 100 100 100
 mercury 15 0.6 150
 molybdenum 10 5 40
 nickel 100 150 500
 selenium 3 2 10
 silver 20 20 40
sodium ion (Na+) 200 200 1 000
 sulphur (elemental)   500  
 thallium   2  
 tin 50 5 300
 vanadium 200 200  
 zinc 150 150 150
Miscellaneous Inorganic and Organic Substances
 nonaqueous phase liquids not present7 not present7 not present7
 odorous substances not present8 not present8 not present8
petroleum hydrocarbons
 VPHs9 200 200 200
 LEPHs10 1 000 1 000 2 000
 HEPHs11 1 000 1 000 5 000
Organic Substances

Chlorinated Hydrocarbons


chlorinated aliphatics
 chlorinated aliphatics12(each) 5 0.1 50
  chlorinated benzenes      
 chlorobenzenes13(each) 2 0.05 10
 dichlorobenzenes14(each) 1 0.1 10
 hexachlorobenzene 2 0.05 10
 monochlorobenzene 1 0.1 10
 hexachlorocyclohexane   0.01  
  chlorinated ethenes      
 tetrachloroethylene 5 0.1 5
 trichloroethylene 0.015 0.015 0.015
miscellaneous chlorinated hydrocarbons
 PCBs15 5 0.5 50
 PCDDs and PCDFs16 0.00035 0.00001 0.0025
Glycols
 ethylene glycol 1 500 1 500 1 500
Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MAHs)
 benzene 0.04 0.04 0.04
 ethylbenzene 1 1 20
 styrene 5 0.1 50
 toluene 1.5 1.5 2.5
 xylene 5 0.1 20
Phenolic Substances
chlorinated phenols
 chlorinated phenols17(each) 0.5 0.05 5
 pentachlorophenol 0.15 0.15 0.15
nonchlorinated phenols
 nonchlorinated phenols 18(each) 1 0.1 10
Phthalic Acid Esters
 phthalic acid esters19(each)   30  
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
 benz[a]anthracene 1 0.1 10
 benzo[b]fluoranthene 1 0.1 10
 benzo[k]fluoranthene 1 0.1 10
 benzo[a]pyrene 1 0.1 10
 dibenz[a,h]anthracene 1 0.1 10
 indeno (1,2,3-cd) pyrene 1 0.1 10
 naphthalene 5 0.1 50
 phenanthrene 5 0.1 50
 pyrene 10 0.1 100
Pesticides
 DDT20,21 10 10 15

Footnotes

1.All values are in μg/g unless otherwise stated. Substances must be analyzed using methods specified in a director's protocol or alternate methods acceptable to a director.
2.Pursuant to section 55 of the Act and section 40 of this regulation, a soil relocation agreement is not required to relocate soil to a different site, other than a site used for agricultural land use, if the concentration of substances in the soil is less than specified in Column II.
3.Pursuant to section 55 of the Act and section 40 of this regulation, a soil relocation agreement is not required to relocate soil to a different site used for agricultural land use if the concentration of substances in the soil is less than specified in Column III.
4.Pursuant to section 41 of this regulation, the prohibition on waste disposal in sections 6 (2) and 6 (3) of the Act do not apply if the concentration of substances in the soil is less than specified in Column IV.
5.WAD means weak acid dissociable.
6.SAD means strong acid dissociable.
7.Soil must not be relocated with nonaqueous phase liquids present in quantities in excess of that acceptable to a director.
8.Soil must not be relocated with odorous substances present in quantities in excess of that acceptable to a director.
9.VPHs include volatile petroleum hydrocarbons with the exception of:

benzene,

toluene,

ethylbenzene, and

xylenes.
10.LEPHs include light extractable petroleum hydrocarbons with the exception of:

benz[a]anthracene,

benzo[a]pyrene,

benzo[b]fluoranthene,

benzo[k]fluoranthene,

dibenz[a,h]anthracene,

indeno (1,2,3-cd) pyrene,

naphthalene,

phenanthrene, and

pyrene.
11.HEPHs include heavy extractable petroleum hydrocarbons with the exception of:

benz[a]anthracene,

benzo[a]pyrene,

benzo[b]fluoranthene,

benzo[k]fluoranthene,

dibenz[a,h]anthracene,

indeno (1,2,3-cd) pyrene,

naphthalene,

phenanthrene, and

pyrene.
12.Chlorinated aliphatics include:

chloroform,

dichloroethane (1,1-, 1,2-),

dichloroethene (1,1-, 1,2-),

dichloromethane,

1,2-dichloropropane,

1,3-dichloropropene (cis and trans),

1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane,

carbon tetrachloride, and

trichloroethane (1,1,1-, 1,1,2-).
13.Chlorobenzenes include:

trichlorobenzene,

tetrachlorobenzene, and

pentachlorobenzene.
14.Dichlorobenzenes include:

1,2-dichlorobenzene,

1,3-dichlorobenzene, and

1,4-dichlorobenzene.
15.Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) include Arochlor mixtures 1242, 1248, 1254 and 1260.
16.Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) expressed in 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD) toxicity equivalents. NATO International Toxicity Equivalency Factors (I-TEFs) for congeners and isomers of PCDDs and PCDFs are as follows:
Column I

PCDD Congener
Column II

I-TEF
Column III

PCDF Congener
Column IV

I-TEF
 2,3,7,8-T4CDD 1.0  2,3,7,8-T4CDF 0.1
 1,2,3,7,8-P5CDD 0.5  2,3,4,7,8-P5CDF 0.5
 1,2,3,4,7,8-H6CDD 0.1  1,2,3,7,8-P5CDF 0.05
 1,2,3,7,8,9-H6CDD 0.1  1,2,3,4,7,8-H6CDF 0.1
 1,2,3,6,7,8-H6CDD 0.1  1,2,3,7,8,9-H6CDF 0.1
 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-H7CDD 0.01  1,2,3,6,7,8-H6CDF 0.1
 O8CDD 0.001  2,3,4,6,7,8-H6CDF 0.1
     1,2,3,4,6,7,8-H7CDF 0.01
     1,2,3,4,7,8,9-H7CDF 0.01
     O8CDF 0.001
17.Chlorinated phenols include:

chlorophenol isomers (ortho, meta, para),

dichlorophenol (2,6-, 2,5-, 2,4-, 3,5-, 2,3-, 3,4-),

trichlorophenol (2,4,6-, 2,3,6-, 2,4,5-, 2,3,5-, 2,3,4-, 3,4,5-), and

tetrachlorophenol (2,3,5,6-, 2,3,4,5-, 2,3,4,6-).
18.Nonchlorinated phenols include:

2,4-dimethylphenol,

2,4-dinitrophenol,

2-methyl 4,6-dinitrophenol,

nitrophenol (2-, 4-),

phenol, and

cresol.
19.Phthalic acid esters include:

dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and

di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
20.DDT is 2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane.
21.Includes DDT metabolites.

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