Skip to Content
View site list

Profile

Tenders

Tenders

Click here for free access to Canadian public sector construction bids & RFPs
Government

Monitoring of contaminated sites in Nova Scotia remains weak: auditor general

The Canadian Press
Monitoring of contaminated sites in Nova Scotia remains weak: auditor general

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s acting auditor general says the provincial government does not have a co-ordinated approach for managing the risks associated with more than 100 contaminated sites.

Terry Spicer says his staff came to that conclusion after following up on recommendations from a 2010 audit.

That study found the province had recorded a $372-million liability for the 127 sites it was responsible for tracking.

The latest performance audit found while the province has a process to identify contaminated sites, there are weaknesses in monitoring.

More importantly, the audit found the Department of Environment did not implement all the recommendations from the original June 2010 audit.

As a result, no department is responsible for ensuring appropriate action is taken on known and potentially contaminated sites.

The latest audit also found similar problems at the Department of Transportation and the Department of Lands and Forestry, which only recently began evaluations on historic mine sites.

Spicer says the Nova Scotia cabinet should assign an oversight body to manage all contaminated sites under provincial jurisdiction.

Recent Comments

comments for this post are closed

You might also like