Monitoring of contaminated sites in Nova Scotia remains weak: auditor general

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Nova Scotia's acting auditor general says the provincial government does not have a co-ordinated approach for managing the risks associated with more than 100 contaminated sites.

Terry Spicer says his staff came to that conclusion after following up on recommendations from a 2010 audit.

That study found the province had recorded a $372-million liability for the 127 sites it was responsible for tracking.

The latest performance audit found that while the province has a process to identify contaminated sites, there are weaknesses in monitoring.

More importantly, the audit found the Department of Environment did not implement all the recommendations from the original June 2010 audit.

As a result, no department is responsible for ensuring appropriate action is taken on known and potentially contaminated sites.