Confirmatory sampling and reporting: step 9 of federal contaminated sites decision-making framework

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Step 9: confirmatory sampling and final reporting

Step 9 involves confirming the achievement of remediation/risk management (R/RM) objectives following the implementation of the R/RM Strategy (which includes the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and Remediation Management Plan (RMP)).

Confirmatory sampling is completed to demonstrate that the contamination has been removed or stabilized effectively and that the clean-up R/RM objectives have been attained.

The site conditions as well as activities carried out during site decommissioning and clean-up, including drawings, records, and monitoring data will be documented in a report. At this step it is important to explain how climate change effects may have impacted the progress of the R/RM activities and whether potential climate change effects are expected to have significant future impacts with respect to the site’s R/RM strategies and/or long-term monitoring (LTM) strategy.

Closure reporting using the Site Closure Tool (SCT) (FCSAP, 2012) to document the reduction of risk to acceptable levels will be completed and submitted to the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) Secretariat (mandatory for FCSAP-funded sites), if it is determined that no further action is required, and to profile the use of sustainable approaches at the site. For sites that require additional R/RM activities or LTM, this information would also be recorded in the site closure report in preparation for closure in the future.

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Step 9: Confirmatory Sampling and Final Reporting
Long description

Review Remediation/Risk Management (R/RM) activities and findings from previous steps, and finalize the confirmatory sampling plan. Implement the confirmatory sampling plan and compare the results to R/RM objectives, then determine if remediation objectives have been attained. If yes, complete the final report and determine if long-term monitoring is required. If long-term monitoring is required, update the SCT and TRAV if applicable and proceed to Step 10. If long-term monitoring is not required, complete the SCT and TRAV if applicable, after which no further action is needed. Close the site on the FCSI and record the rationale. If R/RM objectives have not been attained, determine the supplemental work required to attain remediation objectives and return to previous steps, as appropriate, to implement corrective action.

How Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) expert support can assist

How Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) expert support can assist

How Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) expert support can assist

How the FCSAP Secretariat can assist

Supporting documents and tools specific to Step 9

Please also refer to the list of “Supporting documents and tools useful throughout the 10-step process” at the beginning of the document.

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Guidance

Other guidance

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