Course Description

This course will closely follow the project stages. It will focus on the CSA/CCME phased site assessment approach and various provincial guidelines for management of contaminated sites including remediation and site closure.

Special Features

Throughout the course a case study approach will be used both in lectures and in group to mirror what happens at actual sites. Instructors will focus on providing case study knowledge and encourage participants to use mock site examples for issues they may be dealing with.

Who Should Attend

Any participant with a mandate to manage lands that may require site assessment activities such as real estate professionals, land managers, environmental managers and engineers, technologists, environmental scientists, geologists, regulatory personnel, compliance officers and auditors.

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Days 2-4 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included.

Day 1

8:30 Introductions
Peter Oram, GHD
The ESA process
Phase I ESA components as required by CSA
Planning of a Phase I ESA
Conducting a Phase I ESA
Regulatory Framework
Contaminant Identification
Roles and Responsibilities of Site Professionals
Mock Phase I ESA: Case Study
Review of a Phase I ESA findings
Recommending Phase II ESA work

Phase II ESA - Assessment Tools
Field screening techniques, intrusive drilling, test pitting, soil sampling, geophysical surveys, soil vapour surveys, groundwater sampling
4:00 Adjournment

Day 2

8:30 Conducting a Phase II ESA
Peter Oram, GHD

Pre-assessment planning
Phase II ESA program design
Soil and groundwater assessment guidelines - CCME, and various provincial guidelines
(Tier 1) for hydrocarbons, metals, i.e., lead, PAH's, asbestos materials, etc.
Environmental Protection Plan
Health and Safety Plan/QA/QC Plans
Analytical program
Phase II ESA - Case Study

Phase III ESA and Phase IV Site Remediation

Components of Phase III ESA
CCME and provincial guidelines for conducting Phased ESAs
Contaminant Plume Delineation: soil and water
Steps to determining whether remediation is required
Tier 2: Risk Assessment: Atlantic RBCA and Health Canada protocols
Tier 3: Soil vapour and indoor air assessment
4:00 Adjournment

Day 3

8:30 Phase III ESA Cont'd
Peter Oram, GHD
Establishing Remedial Action Plans/Risk Management Plans
Remedial Options Evaluation: e.g. soil and groundwater remediation systems
Bench Scale/Pilot Test
Phase III ESA: Case Study
Case Study: Risk Management Plan

Phase IV Site Remediation
Remedial Action Plan approval
Preparing contract specifications
Environmental Protection Plans for remedial work
Remedial supervision and reporting
Compliance monitoring
Site Closure
4:00 Adjournment

Day 4

8:30 Site Remediation: Case Study
Peter Oram, GHD
Regulatory process for site closure
Preparing Record of Site Conditions, Notification Report and Certificate of Compliance
Roles and Responsibility of Site Professional

Legal Issues
Guest Speaker: Lisa Mitchell, LL.B, M.E.S.
Confidentiality of Phase I to III ESA field work and reporting, study limitations
Legal vs. Voluntary
3:00 Regulatory Framework for Contaminated Sites in Nova Scotia
4:00 Final Adjournment

There will be mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.


Lisa J. Mitchell, M.E.S., LL.B, is the principal of LJM Environmental Law and staff lawyer for the East Coast Environmental Law Association. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies from the School for Resource and Environmental Studies and more than fifteen years of experience working in the areas of environmental law, policy and environmental management. Lisa has a broad-ranging practice base that includes government, non-government organizations, private-sector companies, community groups and individual clients.  She has provided legal advice on issues related to contaminated sites, environmental impact assessment, water regulation, aquaculture, mining, environmental liability and coastal management. Lisa has provided advice and training on environmental legislation and policy in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.

Peter Oram, P.GEO., is Senior Environmental Specialist at GHD Halifax with 27 years of experience with mineral exploration, environmental baseline studies, mine and aggregate operations permitting, public consultation and regulatory liaison. Peter has managed the successful permitting of mine operations including gold mines, gypsum mines, limestone quarries and coal mines and developed and implemented compliance and environmental effects monitoring programs for these operations. Peter has lectured at Dalhousie University in the Environmental Science and Mining Engineering Departments and is routinely involved in the development and review of legislation associated with mine and aggregate operations in Nova Scotia and beyond. Peter is past President of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, member of Canadian Land Reclamation Association and Core Member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Jonathan A. Kay, P.Geo., is a Contaminated Sites Specialist with Nova Scotia Environment. He has more than 15 years of experience managing contaminated site projects within the private and public sector. Mr. Kay has worked for Nova Scotia Environment since January 2009. In his current role he leads the development and management of Nova Scotia Environment’s contaminated sites program. Prior to his work in the public sector, Mr. Kay served as a Project Manager/Environmental Scientist for a private consulting company between 2001 and 2009 where he successfully completed projects ranging from ESAs to remedial programs at large industrial facilities.


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