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Ontario soil management guide posted to EBR for feedback

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has released the guidance document “Soil Management – A Guide for Best Management Practices” for review and comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry (EBR).


The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has released the guidance document “Soil Management – A Guide for Best Management Practices” for review and comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry (EBR).

The guide, posted November 19, 2012, is intended to provide essential guidance on many aspects of soil management. 

“The ministry encourages the reuse of excess soil, where appropriate, provided that the use does not have a potential to cause adverse effect on human health and the environment, or impairment of water quality, as described under the ministry’s Acts and Regulations,” the EBR posting states. “It is the responsibility of all parties who generate, haul or receive excess soil to ensure that it is being managed in an environmentally sound manner in accordance with all regulatory requirements.”

The EBR draft document focuses on five areas:

 • Soil reuse at civil construction and other commercial development activities

• Soil generation at source sites, assessment and management 

• Soil acceptance at receiving sites, assessment and management

• Procurement practices for the removal and management of excess soils

• Temporary Soil Banking (soil stockpiling). 

The ministry says it is not intending to introduce new standards that apply to soil movement.

“The ministry does however anticipate supporting industry in the development of complementary industry code of practices, such as guidance for Qualified Persons for the development of appropriate soil standards for receiving sites,” the EBR states.

The proposal is posted for a 60-day public review and comment period. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by January 18, 2013 on the EBR website or…

Submit comments to:

Jonathan Fernandes, Divisional Program Specialist

Ministry of the Environment
Operations Division
Central Regional Office
Program Services Section
5775 Yonge Street 
Floor 8
Toronto Ontario
M2M 4J1 
Phone: (416) 326-5686


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