Ministry of Environment


The Environmental Protection Division delivers programs and services through three branches:

Environmental Management Branch

The Environmental Management Branch is responsible for a wide array of environmental management regulatory programs, including: hazardous and industrial waste management; waste and environmental database management; environmental emergency response and spill reporting; integrated pest management initiatives and land remediation (contaminated site) management and certification.

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Environmental Standards Branch

The Environmental Standards Branch develops pollution prevention legislation, standards and policies and is responsible for a wide array of environmental regulatory programs including: hazardous and industrial waste management; municipal waste management including Industry Product Stewardship; municipal sewage; and organic matter management. In addition, the branch sets standards for ambient air quality and coordinates the implementation of the B.C. Air Action Plan.

Provincial Programs

  • Industry Product Stewardship
  • Ambient Air Quality
  • Oversee Implementation of BC Air Action Plan

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Regional Operations Branch

The Regional Operations Branch includes nine regional offices whose staff are on the front line in delivering EPD's programs and policies, supported by the other two branches. Regional Operations ensures safe discharges to water, land and air through authorizations and under voluntary arrangements with others.