Series GR-4035 - Pollution Control Board records

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Pollution Control Board records

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  • 1956-1981 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Pollution Control Board

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48 cm of textual records

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The Pollution Control Board was established in 1956 under the Pollution Control Act (SBC 1956, c. 36). Under the Act, the Board had the following powers:

(a) To determine what qualities and properties of water shall constitute a polluted condition;
(b) To prescribe standards regarding the quality and character of the effluent which may be discharged into any of the waters within the area or areas under the jurisdiction of the Board;
(c) To conduct tests and surveys to determine the extent of pollution of any waters within the area or areas under the jurisdiction of the Board;
(d) To examine into all existing or proposed means for the disposal of sewage or other waste materials, or both, and to approve the plans and specifications for such works as are deemed necessary to prevent pollution of the waters of the area or areas;
(e) To notify all persons who discharge effluent into the said waters when the effluent fails to meet the prescribed standards;
(i) To order any person after six months from date of notification, or such longer period as may be determined by the Board, to increase the degree of treatment of the effluent or to alter the manner or point of discharge of the effluent being discharged by such person to bring the effluent up to the prescribed standards;
(g) To order any person who fails to comply with an order issued under clause (i) to cease discharging effluent into any waters in the area as and from a day and time specified in the order.

In 1981 the Board was replaced by the Environmental Appeal Board.

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This series consists of a variety of administrative and operational records created by the Pollution Control Board from 1956-1981. Most records are related to specific appeals or objections to a permit. This includes those from individuals or groups seeking intervenor or objector status in an appeal. Appeals include objections to a variety of pollution and waste permits issued across the province. Records include:

Reports and intervenor records (presented at the hearings) from the Lower Fraser River Public Hearing or related to the environmental plan for the Fraser River Estuary.

Summary records or minutes of board meetings. These may relate to the establishment of the board; creation or alteration of procedures; approval or acceptance of new appeals; discussions of current appeals; approval of official intervenors or objectors on appeals; appeal decisions; discussions of meetings and reports submitted to the board; and other ongoing work. These files may include agendas, correspondence, copies of records referenced in meetings and meeting notices.

There are a variety of other administrative records as well. These include meeting notices, procedures, agendas, records related to the organization of meetings or public hearings, financial records, scheduling records, news releases, newspaper clippings, reports and correspondence.

There is also a correspondence file from the Pollution Control Chairman. Most records are letters from individuals or organizations who seek intervenor status in various hearings. These letters are forwarded to the Director for assessment.

Transferred under one-time schedule number 870583.

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Transferred from the Environmental Appeal Board in 1991.


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Associated materials

GR-3999 - Environmental Appeal Board appeal records

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Accession number(s): 88-0408

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