Environmental Guidelines and Regulations

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Australia: Drinking Water Guidelines 6 2011

SUMMARY

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) provides guidance to water regulators and suppliers on monitoring and managing drinking water quality. The ADWG provides details on the framework for Management of Drinking Water Quality (the Framework), a preventive management approach that encompasses all steps in water production from catchment to consumer, and aims to assure safe, good quality drinking water. The ADWG is used by state and territory health departments, local health authorities and water utilities.

Published by National Health and Medical Rearch Council.

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Australia: Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water

SUMMARY

These guidelines aim to protect Australians from threats posed by the recreational use of coastal, estuarine and fresh water environments.

Published by National Health and Medical Rearch Council.

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Australia: NSW Guidelines for Assessing Service Stations

SUMMARY

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has prepared these guidelines for assessing and remediating service station sites in order to protect the environment and minimise the risk to public health from the future use of service station sites in NSW. This document has been prepared by the Contaminated Sites Section, Hazardous Substances Branch of the EPA in consultation with the Department of Water Resources, the Australian Institute of Petroleum and the Service Station Association.

Published by NSW Environmental Protection Authority.

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Australia: NSW Waste Classification Guidelines

SUMMARY

This part of the Waste Classification Guidelines (the Guidelines) covers the classification of wastes into groups that pose similar risks to the environment and human health.

Published by NSW Environmental Protection Authority.

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Australia: Victoria Soil Hazard Categorization and Management

SUMMARY

Producers of contaminated soil must categorise their waste into one of four categories, Category A, B, C or clean fill. This guideline applies only to soils (it is not suitable for rubble, concrete and other inert solid waste materials).

Published by Victoria Environmental Protection Authority.

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Australia: Victoria Solid Industrial Waste Categorization and Management

SUMMARY

This guideline will assist waste generators and treaters in categorising their solid industrial waste based on the hazard posed by those wastes. It provides guidance on determining the hazard category of prescribed industrial wastes (PIWs) that come from manufacturing sources, that are not contaminated soils and that are destined for disposal at a landfill.

Published by Victoria Environmental Protection Authority.

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Australia: Western Australia Assessment and Management of Contaminanted Sites

SUMMARY

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the assessment and management of contaminated sites in Western Australia (WA).

Published by Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

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Australia and New Zealand: Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality

SUMMARY

These water quality guidelines were prepared in 2000 as part of Australia's National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) and relate to New Zealand's National Agenda for Sustainable Water Management. They provided governments and communities at the time with a set of tools for assessing and managing ambient water quality in natural and semi-natural water resources.

Published by ANZECC and ARMCANZ.

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Australia and New Zealand: Sediment Quality Guidelines

SUMMARY

The Revision of the ANZECC/ARMCANZ Sediment Quality Guidelines (May 2013) updates the original Sediment Quality Guidelines (SQFs) in the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Quality released in 2000. The SQG revision builds on the original SQG document with the tiered, decision-tree approach adopted for the interim sediment quality guideline values (SQGVs) maintained, and guidance is provided for use of a weight-of-evidence (WOE) framework to improve the assessment of the potential impacts of contaminated sediments for more complex risk assessments.

Published by CSIRO.

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Canada: Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines

SUMMARY

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) uses a 2-tier approach to address contaminated site remediation. Tier 1 offers generic guidelines for a range of sites within a given land use.

Published by Environment and Parks - Government of Alberta.

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Canada: Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines

SUMMARY

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) uses a 2-tier approach to address contaminated site remediation. Tier 2 explains how to modify Tier 1 guidelines for specific sites.

Published by Environment and Parks - Government of Alberta.

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Canada: BC Contaminted Sites Regulation

SUMMARY

The present Regulation enacts the Environmental Management Act. This 'Summary of Site Condition' will serve several purposes. It will provide the Ministry of Environment with a summary of key information that will be used to understand the status of investigations and remediation, the nature and extent of remediation that is proposed or has been undertaken, further work that will be required, or closure documentation requested that is authorized by legislation and regulations in British Columbia. The 'Summary of Site Condition' will also provide information to persons with an interest in investigations and management of contaminants on or adjacent to a property or properties that are considered a site. Moreover, the information contained in this 'Summary of Site Condition' is provided by or on behalf of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment to assist individuals to become familiar with conditions and issues at a site for which contaminant investigations and/or remediation have been carried out and reviewed under the guidance of the British Columbia Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR), the Hazardous Waste Regulation (HWR), and the Environmental Management Act (EMA).

Published by Government of British Columbia.

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Canada: BC Recreational Water Quality Guidelines

SUMMARY

The British Columbia (B.C.) Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) develops ambient water quality guidelines (WQGs) for chemical substances and physical attributes of importance for both fresh and marine waters. These WQGs are used to assess and manage the health, safety and sustainability of B.C.'s aquatic resources; supporting environmental assessments and decisions related to the protection of water uses including aquatic life, wildlife, drinking water sources and recreation. The Recreational Water Quality Guidelines (RWQGs) are specifically used to help manage recreational water quality and assess the risks to human health. As with all ENV WQGs, the RWQGs are not directly enforceable, but may be used to support the development of waste management permits, approvals, plans or operating certificates.

Published by British Columbia Ministry of Environment.

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Canada: BC Source Drinking Water Quality Guidelines

SUMMARY

The British Columbia (B.C.) Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) develops ambient water quality guidelines (WQGs) for chemical substances and physical attributes of importance for both fresh and marine waters. These WQGs are used to assess and manage the health, safety and sustainability of B.C.'s aquatic resources as well as to support environmental assessments and decisions related to the protection of water uses including aquatic life, wildlife, drinking water sources and recreation. Ambient source drinking water quality guidelines (SDWQGs) are used to reduce adverse risks to drinking water sources, and therefore indirectly to human health. These guidelines are particularly relevant in multi-use watersheds where cumulative impacts are of concern with regard to human health. Ambient SDWQGs are a key component of source water protection and the multi-barrier approach to drinking water safety by providing benchmarks which are considered in decisions affecting water quality made within the ENV (ENV 1991a). Ambient SDWQGs are also an important contribution to the Province's Action Plan for Safe Drinking Water (HLTH 2002). SDWQGs apply to drinking water sources from surface water and groundwater.

Published by British Columbia Ministry of Environment.

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Canada: BC Approved Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Life, Wildlife & Agriculture

SUMMARY

This document summarizes the British Columbia (BC) approved water quality guidelines (WQGs). This document will be updated periodically to incorporate new information and represent the best guidance the Ministry of Environment (MOE) can provide at the time of publication, but may not contain the most recent additions or updates to the BC approved WQGs at any one time. Readers should refer to the WQGs website for the most recent approved WQG documents.

Published by British Columbia Ministry of Environment.

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Canada: CCME Sediment Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life

SUMMARY

Summary table of sediment quality guidelines for the protection of aquatic life.

Published by Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.

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Canada: CCME Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health

SUMMARY

Summary table of soil quality guidelines for the protection of environmental and human health. Published by Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.

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Canada: CCME Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life

SUMMARY

Summary table of water quality guidelines for the protection of aquatic life.

Published by Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.

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Canada: CCME Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquiculture

SUMMARY

Summary table of water quality guidelines for the protection of aquiculture.

Published by Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.

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Canada: Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality

SUMMARY

The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality are established by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) and published by Health Canada. This summary table is updated regularly and published on Health Canada's website (www.healthcanada.gc.ca/waterquality). It supersedes all previous electronic and printed versions, including the 6 edition of the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (1996).

Published by Health Canada.

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  • Canada: Ontario Regulation 347 Waste Management


  • Canada: Ontario Regulation 347 Waste Management

    SUMMARY

    Regulation 347 is part of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), an Ontario provincial legislation. The regulation focuses on waste management as a way to protect public health and safety by tracking disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. It covers waste generator (the company that produces the waste), carrier (the company that transports the waste) and receiver (the company that takes the waste) requirements.

    Published by Government of Ontario.

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    Canada: Ontario Soil, Ground Water Sediment Standards

    SUMMARY

    The Soil, Ground Water and Sediment Standards for Use Under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act (March 28, 2007) consisting of Tables 1 to 6, sets out the prescribed contaminants and the applicable site condition standards for those contaminants.

    Published by Ontario Ministry of the Enviroment.

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    Canada: Ontario Water Quality Objectives

    SUMMARY

    This 1994 publication contains the Ministry of the Environment and Energy policies and guidelines for the management of the province’s water resources. It gives direction on how to manage the quality and quantity of both surface and ground waters.

    With respect to surface water quality the goal is to ensure that the water quality is satisfactory for aquatic life and recreation and that water uses which require more stringent water quality be protected on a site specific basis. The Provincial Water Quality Objectives (PWQO's) will protect aquatic life and recreation uses and policy direction is provided about how to deal with situations where water quality is better or worse than the Objectives.

    Ground water quality is to be preserved to protect the greatest number of uses.

    Surface and ground-water quantity is to be managed to ensure a fair sharing, conservation, and sustainability of the resource.

    Published by Ontario Ministry of the Enviroment and Energy.

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    Europe: European Standards for Drinking-Water

    SUMMARY

    The object of these standards is to stimulate improvement in drinking-water quality and to encourage countries of advanced economic and technological capability in Europe to attain higher standards than the minimal ones specified in International Standards for Drinking-Water. The latter standards are considered to be necessary and attainable by every country. At the same rime, the industrial development and intensive agriculture of some European countries create hazards to water supplies not always encountered in other regions. Hence, stricter standards are demanded and justified.

    Since different techniques and methods of examining drinking-water are maintained in different European countries, emphasis in the present document is placed on the determination of what are acceptable standards for drinking water quality rather than how to determine them. However, for reference purposes, at least one well-established method is given for each examination.

    Published by World Health Organization.

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    New Zealand: Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Petroleum Contaminated Sites

    SUMMARY

    This module outlines the development of Tier 1 soil acceptance criteria for a range of land uses and environmental settings, which can provide the basis for the assessment and management of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated sites. The application of the Tier 1 acceptance criteria is outlined in Module 1 and is discussed in greater detail in Section 4.8. The criteria are only applicable to releases of petroleum hydrocarbon products (e.g. gasoline, diesel, kerosene), not pure solvents.

    Published by New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.

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    New Zealand: Hazardous Waste Guidelines

    SUMMARY

    This guide outlines a nationally consistent approach to the disposal of waste to landfills. Module 2 of the Hazardous Waste Guidelines outlines a nationally consistent approach to the disposal of hazardous waste to landfills. This module provides:

    • waste acceptance criteria for two classes of landfills (Class A and Class B), including concentration limits covering a greater range of contaminants than those currently specified in the US EPA Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) list
    • a landfill classification system
    • a definition of liquid waste
    • a list of prohibited wastes
    • flowcharts clearly outlining the waste acceptance and landfill classification process
    • model resource consent conditions for Class A and Class B landfills.

    Published by New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.

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  • New Zealand: Waste Acceptance Criteria for Class A Landfills


  • New Zealand: Waste Acceptance Criteria for Class A Landfills

    SUMMARY

    This report sets out the development of the waste acceptance criteria for Class A landfills included in Module 2 of the Hazardous Waste Management Guidelines - Landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria and Landfill Classification.

    Published by New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.

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    United Kingdom: A Guide to using Soil Guideline Values

    SUMMARY

    This is an introduction to soil guideline values (SGV) used in land contamination assessment. It explains what SGVs are, their purpose and advice on their use.

    SGVs and the framework documents provide scientifically based information on the assessment of risks to human health from land contamination. They provide non-statutory technical guidance to regulators and their advisors in support of the statutory regimes addressing land contamination, particularly Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the consideration of land affected by contamination under the Town and Country Planning Acts.

    Technical notes and supporting information showing SGVs for different chemicals are listed at Land contamination: soil guideline values (SGVs).

    Published by United Kingdom Environment Agency.

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    United States: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations

    SUMMARY

    The National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) are legally enforceable primary standards and treatment techniques that apply to public water systems. Primary standards and treatment techniques protect public health by limiting the levels of contaminants in drinking water.

    Published by United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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    United States: Regional Screening Levels

    SUMMARY

    The purpose of this website is to provide default screening tables and a calculator to assist Remedial Project Managers (RPMs), On Scene Coordinators (OSC's), risk assessors and others involved in decision-making concerning CERCLA hazardous waste sites and to determine whether levels of contamination found at the site may warrant further investigation or site cleanup, or whether no further investigation or action may be required.

    Users within and outside the CERCLA program should use the tables or calculator results at their own discretion and they should take care to understand the assumptions incorporated in these results and to apply the SLs appropriately.

    The SLs presented in the Generic Tables are chemical-specific concentrations for individual contaminants in air, drinking water and soil that may warrant further investigation or site cleanup. The SLs generated from the calculator may be site-specific concentrations for individual chemicals in soil, air, water and fish.

    Published by United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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    World: WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality

    SUMMARY

    This fourth edition of the World Health Organization's Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.

    It is the product of significant revisions to clarify and elaborate on ways of implementing its recommendations of contextual hazard identification and risk management, through the establishment of health-based targets, catchment-to-consumer water safety plans and independent surveillance.

    Published by World Health Organization.

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