The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s manages more than 1,000 hectares of land. These lands are used for a variety of purposes, ranging from port operations and commercial enterprises, to conservation areas and local parks.
We have two key initiatives designed to promote environmental responsibility for port lands.
Environmental site assessments
Tenants and terminals leasing and operating on port land are required to follow all applicable environmental standards as part of their tenancy agreements with the port authority. We require tenants to conduct environmental site assessments at the start of their tenancy to establish the baseline environmental condition of the leased property, and then again at the end or renewal of their tenancy, to determine any changes in the environmental state of the lands. Where contamination is identified, tenants are responsible to clean up and remediate to accepted criteria.
For additional information about our environmental site assessment process: Baseline and Exit Assessments Guidance Document [PDF]
Site remediation and land renewal strategy
Contamination of port lands and waters is an unfortunate consequence of over 150 years of industrial waterfront activity in this region. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority uses a combination of remediation and risk management approaches to address sites that have been contaminated through past activities.
Depending on the condition and expected future use of the site, affected sites are treated with a variety of remedial techniques that may include on-site treatment, containment, or removal and disposal of contaminants at appropriate facilities.
Our land renewal strategy is based around four objectives, all with the underlying intent of prioritizing remediation impacted lands:
- building awareness and capability around the challenges and benefits of renewing impacted lands
- finding and using financial and technical mechanisms to reduce costs to renewing sites
- attracting investment and partnerships for site development opportunities through education and awareness programs
- implementing and occupying renewed properties by creating safe and economically desirable lease areas
Through site remediation, we are also reducing the impact of contamination on surface water and groundwater.