Environmental Site Assessment Standard
Environmental site assessments are essential to evaluate and report a substance release. The Alberta Environmental Site Assessment Standard informs on requirements for reporting substance releases under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA).
The Alberta Environmental Site Assessment Standard provides minimum requirements for Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) site characterization and reporting at contaminated or potentially contaminated sites in Alberta. The ESA Standard is intended to be used by site managers and environmental consultants, including professionals and project managers who plan and review ESA projects or reports as well as other environmental practitioners who implement site investigation programs.
Scope of the ESA Standard
The ESA Standard supports ESA information provided in the Contaminated Sites Policy Framework and provides more details on reporting requirements where ESAs are required to be provided to the Department of Environment and Parks or the Alberta Energy Regulator. The ESA Standard also supports the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines and individual approvals or codes of practice that may apply to a site.
The Standard addresses site evaluation and reporting processes, which include the following:
- Phase 1 ESA;
- Phase 2 ESA;
- confirmatory investigation; and
Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment Checklist
The Phase 2 ESA Checklist is designed for the site owner, consultant and report reviewers to ensure the site is thoroughly assessed, the substance(s) delineated and the reports contain the appropriate information for remediation and/or risk management.
The Phase 2 ESA Checklist forms the basis for Director reporting requirements for Phase 2 ESA reports that must be submitted to the Department under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. To access the Phase 2 ESA Checklist, see:
Record of Site Condition Form for Environmental Site Assessment Work
Effective May 1, 2008, a Record of Site Condition (RSC) form and declaration are required by the Director as a regulatory reporting requirement for all Phase 2 environmental site assessment (ESA), remediation and risk management projects submitted to the Department as part of the Release Reporting Regulation. This includes reports conducted on approved facilities, upstream oil and gas sites, petroleum storage tank sites, other commercial and industrial facilities and any other locations.
The RSC form is used to track and update environmental characteristics of a site as Phase 2 ESA and remediation work is done. The RSC form must be completed, signed and submitted with the following:
- Phase 2 ESA report for initial intrusive site investigation to screen for contaminants;
- Phase 2 ESA report delineating spills and releases to determine horizontal and vertical contamination;
- Remediation report describing how the contaminated area was remediated;
- Confirmatory data report showing remediation meets Alberta Tier 1 or Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Guidelines and;
- Risk management plan or exposure control plan to monitor soil and/or groundwater.
2009 Record of Site Condition
On April 6, 2009, the Department released a new version of the RSC form. The 2009 version is required for any new information being submitted to the Department and for any reports submitted between May 1, 2008 and April 6, 2009 without a Record of Site Condition form. Information on the Record of Site Condition form is below:
For petroleum storage tank sites and approved facilities a professional must sign all submitted reports that support information provided in the RSC form. For upstream oil and gas sites, a professional must sign off all Phase 2 ESA and remediation work completed after January 1, 2008 and submitted with the RSC form. Information on who is eligible to sign off reports is described below:
The fact sheet Professional Declaration Requirements Reclamation Certificates describes professional declaration and sign-off requirements and responsibilities for ESA, remediation and reclamation work for reclamation certificates in Alberta.
This form is not intended for environmental impact assessments (EIA) that may be required as part of environmental impact assessment under Part 2 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
Environmental Site Assessment Repository
Record of Site Condition forms and associated ESA reports that have been received by the Department are available on the Environmental Site Assessment Repository web site.
The RSC form is a public record that is disclosed in accordance with s. 35 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Disclosure of Information Regulation and Ministerial Order 23/2004. Reasonable efforts have been made to minimize collection of personal information where possible.
Personal information on the form is collected under the authority of section 12(c) and other provisions of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and is in compliance with sections 33(a) and 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). Personal information collected on this form will be used by the Department for the purposes of administering its programs.
The Land Policy Branch can be reached toll free by dialing 310-0000 and then dialing the number shown below:
Land Policy Branch, Policy and Planning Division
Alberta Environment and Parks
10th Floor, 9820-106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6
Phone: 780 427-2700
Fax: 780 422-4192
Updated: Mar 28, 2018