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Contaminated Sites

Contaminated Sites

Citizen guides: what you need to know about contaminated sites

Contaminated Sites Regulations came into effect in July 2013. The regulations and the Ministerial Protocols clarify the procedures around contaminated sites and ensure cleanups are consistent province-wide.

Spills and chemical releases can occur over time undetected. They can also occur as a result of immediate events such as oil tank leaks aboveground. When this happens, soil, water and air can become contaminated.

Contamination normally refers to concentrations of chemicals in the soil, water and air that have been determined to exceed acceptable standards for the particular land use.

This section outlines the provincial requirements for the reporting, management and cleanup of contaminated sites.

For more information on the current policy, including homeowner responsibilities in the case of contamination, please visit our Guidance section.


Nova Scotia Environment
Contaminated Sites Program
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
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