Philippines Philippine enacts Guidelines for contaminated site control

In the Philippines, the Environmental Management Bureau Memorandum Circular No. 2020-008: Guidelines for Site Control was enacted on March 11, 2020. The Guidelines have been developed to clarify site control measures and the definition of contaminated sites, with the aim of reducing exposure to contaminants through the control of contaminated sites. Specifically, the Guidelines aim to serve as practical guidance to assist regulators and owners of possible contaminated sites to identify the chemical of potential concern, clarify the associated health and environmental risks, and provide management measures to reduce such risks.

The original text of the Guidelines can be downloaded from the following URL.
https://emb.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/EMB-MC-NO.-2020-008-Guidelines-for-Site-Control.pdf

 

Site Control Action Plan

The Site Control Action Plan (SCAP) shall be formulated prior to the implementation of site control measures. The SCAP consists of the following components.

  1. Review of data for site characterization
  2. Technology options for site control
  3. Analysis and selection of technology options
  4. Installation of site control technology options
  5. Preparation of site control reports

Appendices

The Guidelines are accompanied by appendices which provide various examples of contaminated site control. Appendix 1 provides site control procedures based on an example of a site formerly occupied by a power plant facility where transformers (PCB containing) were stored. Appendix 3 shows an example of the calculation of the assumed cost for the case indicated in Appendix 1. Appendix 5 provides a checklist for the preparation of the SCAP.