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About the Department
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The Contaminated Site Regulation establishes cleanup standards, processes for identifying, investigating and assessing contaminated sites, and permits for managing contaminated material within Yukon.
Important note: The permitting system under the Environment Act was updated in 2014. For more information see the Permitting System web page.
- Cleaning up contaminated sites
- Reporting contaminated sites
- Public registry of contaminated sites
- Permit applications and reporting forms
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A two step process is normally used to determine whether contamination exists at a site:
Site Investigation (or Phase I Assessment)
Information about the site is compiled.
A list is developed of possible contaminants that may be found on the site and in which areas.
Site Assessment (or Phase II Assessment)
If potential areas of contamination are identified, a Site Assessment may be carried out to identify the areas, depths and concentrations of contaminants on the site.
Have you prepared/received a site investigation or assessment report?
Contact Environmental Programs to have the report reviewed. We will help determine if the work was done properly, and provide you with comments on the report's recommendations.
Once a site is determined to be contaminated, the contaminants should be removed or contained to reduce the risk to human health and the environment.
Material contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons is typically removed from a site and taken to a land treatment facility (LTF), where it is treated to remove the contaminants. Please contact the Environmental Programs Branch for a list of commercial land treatment facilities in Yukon. For guidance on treatment and disposal options for other types of contamination, please contact Environmental Programs.
Once cleanup is complete, confirmatory sampling is required to demonstrate that the site is no longer contaminated. In some cases, ongoing monitoring may be required to confirm that risk management measures are working as intended.
For more information on the cleanup of contaminated sites see the Regulation, Protocols, and Info Sheets and Guidance.
Environment Yukon can provide advice on how to deal with site contamination, and can assist land owners, vendors and purchasers in reviewing reports of contamination or cleanup. Contact Environmental Programs for assistance.
To report a suspected contaminated site, contact Environmental Programs or your local Conservation Officer, or call the Turn In Polluters Hotline at 1-800-661-0525.
To report a spill of hazardous materials, please call the 24-hour Yukon Spill Report Centre at (867) 667-7244 (collect calls accepted).
Environment Yukon maintains information on reported contaminated sites and spills in the Yukon. Contact Environmental Programs for information on a specific site.
Under the Contaminated Sites Regulation the following permits are required for these activities:
Required to move contaminated material from one site to another.
Land Treatment Facility Permit
Required to construct or operate a facility to treat contaminated materials.
- Application for a Land Treatment Facility Permit 81 KB
- Land Treatment Facility Permit Annual Reporting Form 135 KB
Risk-based Restoration Permit
Required to apply risk-based restoration standards at a contaminated site.
- 1: Site-Specific Numerical Standards 28 KB
- 2: Analysis of Samples Taken 24 KB
- 3: Soil Sampling Procedures at Contaminated Sites 29 KB
- 5: Petroleum Hydrocarbon Analytical Methods & Standards 44 KB
- 6: Application of Water Quality Standards 27 KB
- 7: Groundwater Monitoring Well Installation, Sampling & Decommissioning 91 KB
- 8: Monitored Natural Attenuation 24 KB
- 9: Determining Background Soil Quality 27 KB
- 10: Determining Background Groundwater Quality 27 KB
- 11: Sampling Procedures for Land Treatment Facilities 29 KB
- 12: Risk Assessment Methods 33 KB
- 13: Adaptive Management for Contaminated Sites 103 KB
- Guide to the Contaminated Sites Regulation 55 KB
- Land Treatment Facilities: General Information 45 KB
- Guidelines for Land Treatment Facilities 167 KB
- Relocation Permit Requirements 89 KB
- Risk Assessment Fact Sheet 47 KB
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