Step 8: Implement Risk Management Strategy

Navigate between each steps Step 1: Site Identification Step 2: Historical Review Step 3: Initial Testing Program Step 4: Initial Site Classification Step 5: Detailed Testing Program Step 6: Site Reclassification Step 7: Develop Risk Management Strategy Step 8: Implement Remediation/Risk Management Strategy Step 9: Confirmatory Sampling Step 10: Long-Term Monitoring

In Step 8, the Risk Management Strategy (RMS) developed during Step 7 is implemented; it may or may not include remediation. Implementing the RMS should reduce the potential or existing risks to humans and the environment to an acceptable level.

How to Prepare

  • Identify if there are any physical activities, as defined in the Regulations Designating Physical Activities under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA, 2012), in the project description. If identified, there may be a requirement for a federal Environmental Assessment (EA) by the CEA Agency, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, or National Energy Board.
  • Identify any other EA regimes (e.g., provincial, territorial).
  • Identify timing for all works, undertakings or activities to ensure consistency with DFO's timing windows for work taking place in or near water.
  • Ensure that all proposed work is in compliance with relevant legislation and that required permits are in place.
  • Review regulatory decisions associated with the site.

What to Do

  • Conduct a baseline sampling program.
  • Implement a Risk Management Plan (RMP), which may include a Remedial Action Plan (RAP).
  • Maintain proper documentation, quality control, and good communication with stakeholders.
  • Select appropriate contractors for the remedial work.
  • Follow planning guidance in the Measures to Avoid Causing Harm to Fish and Fish Habitat.
  • Comply with regulatory requirements (e.g., environmental assessment legislation, Fisheries Act, Species at Risk Act).
  • Implement an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that includes mitigation and monitoring requirements, potential for accidental events, and contingency planning.

How Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Expert Support Helps

  • Advice provided during implementation of the RMS could relate to:
    • mitigation measures and compliance requirements under relevant legislation;
    • effectiveness and compliance monitoring;
    • adaptive management (e.g., unforeseen issues, revisions to the sampling and monitoring plans, etc.).
  • Provide support to the public engagement process.

Supporting Documents

Next Step: Confirmatory Sampling