Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites
Rehabilitation - Technical Documents
This is the update of the February 1, 2005 Contaminated
Lands Management Report. It presents statistics on lands registered in the
department’s contaminated lands management system and is mainly intended for
those working in the field of contaminated lands.
This document, which includes general and thematic statistical data
concerning the management of contaminated sites in Québec, updates the
Contaminated sites report – Overall
statistics for December 2001 (French). New statistical data concerning
in situ treatment, the Programme de réhabilitation des stations
hydrométriques contaminées au mercure and new legislative measures were
added to this edition. Thematic maps complement the report.
Data provided for this document come from the
Contaminated Site Management
System (Système GTC), from the
Inventory of Soil and Industrial
Waste Disposal Sites (DSRI), SAGIR or Resource Information Management Business
Solution and from various files administered by the Ministry.
Report (French, PDF
File, 2,4 MB)
- Contaminated sites
report – Overall statistics for December 2001
This report focuses on sites which have been contaminated by accidental
spills or by daily operations related to industrial and commercial activities.
The sites concerned all show a contamination of soils exceeding criterion B of
the Politique de protection des sols et de réhabilitation des terrains
contaminés (prior to the sites’ rehabilitation). All sites are included in
the Système de gestion des terrains contaminés (Contaminated site
management system) of the Ministère, which is the main
source of information used. These sites have all been subject to interventions
by the Ministère.
In addition to providing background information, this document includes
general and thematic statistical data concerning the management of
contaminated sites in Québec. It is intended for stakeholders involved in
activities related to contaminated sites, municipalities, environmental
consultants, lawyers, notaries, financial institutions, environmental
organizations and owners of contaminated property.
Guides and Guidelines
This document was produced in collaboration with the
Centre d’expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec (CEAEQ)
and is intended for experts in contaminated sites
rehabilitation. It focuses in particular on the revegetation of
contaminated sites that will undergo risk assessment. The
document indicates the various factors affecting root
development and provides a selection of trees and shrubs to use
or reject for the revegetation of these sites. It also presents
additional mitigation measures that can be implemented in this
context in order to meet the requirements of the Technical
Assessment Group (GTE).
This guide is intended for use by project managers at regional
offices of the Ministère and by experts in the field of contaminated soils. It details the
objectives of the regulation and the reasons behind its implementation so as
to permit better understanding and foster its coherent application.
- Guide to Sound Practices in Managing
This guide is intended to promote adequate management of such
material in order to reduce environmental impacts.
The guide details each step in the dismantling process: exploratory
investigation, inventory, characterization of areas deemed to be
contaminated, dismantling and, lastly, materials management.
Available from the Ministère.
- Site Characterization Guide
Notice to readers –This
PDF file is a facsimile of the ministère de l’Environnement’s Guide de
caractérisation des terrains published in 2003 by Les Publications du
Québec. Please note that the “ministère de l’Environnement” is the
former name of the Ministère. The guide is currently out-of-print and
only available online.
This guide sets out objectives and elements that should be considered
in a characterization study, especially to assess soil quality and
impacts on underground and surface waters.
Readers will find a number of essential concepts to carry out
This document is intended for the various stakeholders (promoters,
experts, consultants, manufacturers, owners, municipalities and
This publication sets out the objectives of characterization and the
elements that need to be taken into account to determine the state of a
given parcel of land prior planned new industrial activity. Information
gathered during the characterization process enables the project promoter to
have a record of the initial state of the soil prior to future changes
stemming from any potential impacts of the project.
The guidebook completes and clarifies the requirements of the 2001
Regulation respecting the burial of contaminated soils. The Regulation sets the conditions and/or prohibitions that apply to building, enlarging and/or operating a contaminated soil landfill. It also details the conditions that must be met when closing a landfill of this type, and for post-closure monitoring.
The “air” section of the guidebook was updated in 2017 so as to incorporate the requirements of the 2011
Clean Air Regulation.
This guidebook for designing, setting up, control and monitoring contaminated soil landfills replaces the
Guide d’implantation et de gestion des lieux d’enfouissement sécuritaire (MENV, 1995).
- Guide déchantillonnage à des fins danalyses
These guides describe planning and sampling best practices aimed at
ensuring quality control and validity of derivative scientific
information. This guide is published by the
d'expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec (CEAEQ).
- Inventaire des lieux d’élimination de résidus industriels
Gerled (Évolution depuis 1983 à l’état actuel) [Inventory of GERLED
industrial waste disposal sites: status from 1983 to today] (1998)
This document lists GERLED sites according to their reclassification
and takes into account changes made since 1983.
Available from the Ministère.
This document describes the Ministère's requirements for wide scale demonstration and use of these
decontamination techniques. This reedition of the 1996 version has been
made consistent with the Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites
This document updates the guidelines for evaluating
natural soil concentration levels. This guide explains acceptable approaches in order to assess accurately
on a local and regional basis the natural soil background values of
potentially contaminated sites. This guide aims at facilitating the
application of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation.
This publication offers a characterization methodology
that enables assessment of soil or sediment treatability as well as the
calculation of the efficiency of physical segregation of particles and
related contaminants. The main objective here is to precisely quantify
contaminant distribution so as to maximize reclamation of fractions with
little or no contamination. The methodology is intended for departmental
analysts and experts in the field of contaminated soil and sediment
The guidelines governing assessment of ecotoxicological
risks to health are presented in this document, which was prepared in
cooperation with the Ministère. It takes into account
all relevant environmental policies and regulations. For a copy of the
guidelines, contact the Institut national de santé publique du Québec at
4835, Christophe-Colomb, Bureau 200, Montréal (Québec) H2J 3G8. Tel.: (514)
- Selecting parameters for analyzing oil-contaminated soil and
In addition to technical information on the
physico-chemical characteristics of commercial petroleum products, this
document recommends to laboratories and consultants a standardized
approach to characterization and management of soil and groundwater
contaminated by hydrocarbons.
Available from the Ministère.
Ecotoxicological risk assessment procedure for the rehabilitation of
contaminated sites (1998)
PDF, 992 KB)
This document describes the activities and steps involved in
ecotoxicological risk assessment and establishes the Ministère's
applicable requirements. For a copy of the document, contact the
Centre d'expertise en analyse
environnementale du Québec (CEAEQ) at 2700, rue Einstein, bureau
E-2-220, Sainte-Foy (Québec) G1P 3W8, tél. (418) 643-1301.