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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 (French)

    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.


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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 Dismantling Material

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. Access to documents (French).

  • 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 characterization studies.

This document is intended for the various stakeholders (promoters, experts, consultants, manufacturers, owners, municipalities and financial institutions).

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).

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 Centre 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. Access to documents (French).

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 Rehabilitation Policy.

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 treatment.

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) 597-0606.

  • Selecting parameters for analyzing oil-contaminated soil and groundwater (1993)

    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. Access to documents (French).

  • Ecotoxicological risk assessment procedure for the rehabilitation of contaminated sites (1998) (French, 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.

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