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Impacted Sites Fund

The Government of Saskatchewan has developed a draft application process and supporting guidelines for municipalities to access the Impacted Sites Fund for remediating abandoned contaminated sites (also known as orphaned environmentally impacted sites). The Ministry of Environment is seeking feedback from municipalities and other clients impacted by the fund (e.g. consultants and engineers) to let us know if any concerns or issues need to be addressed.
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1. Background

The Government of Saskatchewan has developed a draft application process and supporting guidelines for municipalities to access the Impacted Sites Fund for remediating abandoned contaminated sites (also known as orphaned environmentally impacted sites).

The Impacted Sites Fund was established by the Ministry of Environment through section 90 of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010. The fund provides financial support to municipal governments and/or municipal partnerships to clean up orphaned environmentally-impacted sites. An orphaned environmentally-impacted site is a place or area that has been contaminated by a substance, and either the owner of the business that contaminated the site has abandoned it or fails a financial means test-to clean up the land. When the owner cannot be located, the municipality where the site is located assumes responsibility for the site and its clean up. In most cases, these contaminated sites need to be sufficiently cleaned up before they can be used for other purposes.
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2. Proposed Application Process and Supporting Guidelines

Government has heard from municipalities that they are looking for a simple, efficient application process that will allow them to remediate orphaned sites, so economic opportunities can be realized. Before finalizing the Impacted Sites Fund application process, the Ministry of Environment would like to receive feedback on the proposed application process and supporting guidelines from municipalities and other clients impacted by the fund (e.g. consultants and engineers) to let us know if any concerns or issues need to be addressed.
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3. Eligibility

Municipal governments and municipal partnerships are eligible to apply for project funding to clean up the contaminated sites using the Impacted Sites Fund. Municipal government applicants include:

  1. cities;
  2. towns;
  3. urban and rural municipalities;
  4. northern municipalities;
  5. hamlets;
  6. villages;
  7. regions; or
  8. local boards of a municipal government authority identified from 1 through 6.
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4. Application Process

Eligible municipalities and municipal partnerships can apply for funding by filling out an application form and submitting it to the Ministry of Environment. The applicant will need to provide technical and non-technical information regarding the contaminated site and the proposed project to clean the site up.

The technical information required in the application is typically obtained through an Environmental Site Assessment for the contaminated site. Using the National Classification System for Contaminated Sites process, this information will be used to calculate a score indicating the current or potential negative impact on human health and the environment. Applicants can also apply for funding assistance for the costs related to conducting an Environmental Site Assessment on the contaminated site.

The non-technical information required in the application form includes details of how the site will be cleaned up and what social, economic and strategic benefits the municipality or municipal partnership hopes to gain from cleaning up the site.
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5. Application Assessment

Applications are not funded on a first-come, first-served basis. They are prioritized by ministry officials taking into consideration the technical information derived from the National Classification System for Contaminated Sites score that assesses the severity of the contamination. This score ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest priority for cleaning up. Those sites that receive a score:

  • of 70 to 100 will be eligible to receive up to 100 per cent of the costs to clean up the site;
  • of 50 to 69.9 will be eligible to receive up to 75 per cent of the costs to clean up the site;
  • of 37 to 49.9 will be eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of the costs to clean up the site; and
  • below 37 will be eligible to receive up to 25 per cent of the costs to clean up the site.

The non-technical information provided in the application (e.g. benefits of the project) will allow the ministry to assess the proposed project’s impact. This assessment will help determine at what level funding should be provided (e.g. funding of up to 100 per cent of the costs to clean up a site based on a National Classification System for Contaminated Sites score of 95).

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6. Timeline

The Ministry of Environment plans to have the fund application process finalized and available in January 2019.
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7. Providing Feedback

Your feedback on the proposed application process and supporting guidance document will help us to ensure the fund, and its implementation, proceed smoothly and allocate the funds necessary to realize opportunities for growth across Saskatchewan. Please take a moment to review these materials and fill out a survey to share your feedback by December 14, 2018.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation. We appreciate your time and feedback.

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