Regulation of Effluent Discharge to Ground in BC

Video Length: 58:03

Date Recorded: March 11, 2021

This webinar offers an overview of the regulatory tools employed by the Province (under the Environmental Management Act) to address the unique features of non-point source discharges to ground and provides examples of how these tools are applied to regulate effluent discharges from different industrial activities.

Point source, “end-of-pipe” effluent discharges to surface water bodies are well understood and regulated under the BC Environmental Management Act according to well established policies. By contrast, non-point source, diffuse discharges to ground cannot be as accurately characterized and pose unique challenges from a regulatory standpoint. An internal policy developed within the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy outlines the regulatory process for non-point source discharges to ground. This policy also describes different regulatory instruments related to the assessment, monitoring and adaptive management of non-point source discharges to ground, to ensure effective surface water and groundwater protection. This webinar comprises an overview of the policy related to non-point source discharges to ground within the regulatory framework of the Environmental Management Act. Examples are also provided to illustrate how the instruments included in the policy are applied to regulate discharges in mining operations and in landfills in the Province.

Presenters

RUSTO MARTINKA, GEO.L.

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

Rusto has a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University and has practised hydrogeology for over 10 years, both as a consultant and within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). He is currently a Hydrogeologist within the ENV Mining Authorization Team and his works mainly focuses on base metal mine operations and landfills.

DR. SARAH ALLOISIO, P.GEO.

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

Sarah has a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Milan, Italy, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. Sarah has over 20 years of working experience as a Hydrogeologist in the private and public sector, in Europe, North and South America. Sarah joined the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in 2018 and is currently working in the SE Coal Mining Team.


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