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The OWMA was pleased to participate in a meeting held this week by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Excess Soil Engagement Group, where the government announced it will soon release its excess soil framework – most likely by the end of the year.

The finalized framework is expected to be similar to the draft document, which was posted in January.

The OWMA also expects the government will post a regulatory proposal on the EBR registry during the winter of 2017.

 It will likely include:

  • Amendments to Reg. 347 (e.g. to clarify definitions and when approvals are required),
  • Amendments to Reg. 153 (e.g. to ensure consistent sampling and fill quality requirements), and,
  • Changes to the Building Code (e.g. to help ensure soil-management plans are undertaken).

A Request for Bids has been released to assess options for the development of market based tools, including a soil registry for excess soil management. Details can be found at https://ontariotenders.bravosolution.com/esop/nac-host/public/web/login.html. (Select “current opportunities,” search with the filter “project info” and add number 5039 to the search field.)

Other developments on this file include an Excess Soil By-Law Tool, which has been posted on ExcessSoils.com, and the Residential & Civil Construction Association of Ontario’s recently released report entitled Excess Soil Management: Ontario is Wasting a Precious Resource. OWMA staff have reviewed the report and provided feedback to the RCCAO on concerns related to the survey’s methodology and interpretation.

If you have any questions about the excess soil framework, please contact Peter Hargreave at phargreave@owma.org