Event Title

Disposal at Sea: How is it regulated in Canada?

Presentation Abstract

Environment and Climate Change Canada regulates Disposal at Sea activities in Canada. The main goal of the program is to prevent pollution of the marine environment and protect human health by regulating disposal at sea. Disposal at sea is an important waste management option in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and the Salish Sea has a number of disposal sites used for clean dredged sediment and clean excavated native till. Most of the material that is disposed of at sea is dredged material that must be moved to keep shipping channels and harbors clear for navigation and commerce. This presentation will outline the Disposal at Sea Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the permitting system, the types of material that can be considered for a Disposal at Sea permit, the assessment framework and the annual monitoring activities that occur in the Salish Sea. It will also discuss how the program is adapting as new challenges arise, such as new contaminants of concern, species at risk, and an increase in major development projects.

Session Title

Sediments as a sink: Tracking pollutants over space and time in the Salish Sea

Conference Track

Fate and Effects of Pollutants

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2016 : Vancouver, B.C.)

Document Type

Event

Location

2016SSEC

Type of Presentation

Oral

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Disposal at Sea: How is it regulated in Canada?

2016SSEC

Environment and Climate Change Canada regulates Disposal at Sea activities in Canada. The main goal of the program is to prevent pollution of the marine environment and protect human health by regulating disposal at sea. Disposal at sea is an important waste management option in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and the Salish Sea has a number of disposal sites used for clean dredged sediment and clean excavated native till. Most of the material that is disposed of at sea is dredged material that must be moved to keep shipping channels and harbors clear for navigation and commerce. This presentation will outline the Disposal at Sea Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the permitting system, the types of material that can be considered for a Disposal at Sea permit, the assessment framework and the annual monitoring activities that occur in the Salish Sea. It will also discuss how the program is adapting as new challenges arise, such as new contaminants of concern, species at risk, and an increase in major development projects.