The Soil Management Program includes soil testing and, in qualifying yards, management (improvements to ground cover or replacement of soil) on a prioritized basis.
Given the large number of households in THEP’s Soil Management Area, assessments are prioritized based on the presence of children under 12 within areas that are known to have the highest levels of lead in the soil, such as those neighbourhoods closest to the smelter.
This program has been in place since 2007 and was expanded in 2019. The program is implemented by the Trail Area Health & Environment Program (THEP) through funding from Teck. Teck is the responsible party for annual soil management plans under the direction of the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change as per the Contaminated Sites Regulation of the Environmental Management Act.