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New Environmental Emergency Regulations

Environmental Emergency Regulations

An accidental release could have serious consequences!

Who is subject to the Regulations?

The Regulations apply to a responsible person that owns or has the charge, management or control of any of the 249 listed hazardous substances located at any fixed land-based facility in Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory officers are reaching out to industry to raise awareness about the new hazardous substances now regulated and your potential obligations under the new regulations. Please review the new list to determine whether your facility may be subject to the regulations.

How have the regulations changed?

The Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 reflect feedback from regulatees and include new regulated substances to better protect Canadians and the environment. The Regulations now more clearly illustrate the legislative obligations for regulatees. We have augmented the notification requirements to ensure public awareness and preparedness. A new reporting system will facilitate more frequent updates from industry.

What are the major requirements under the Regulations?

  • Submit notices to inform Environment and Climate Change Canada of compliance with the regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare and implement an Environmental Emergency Plan (E2 Plan) to prepare for an accidental release.
  • Conduct simulation exercises in relation to the E2 Plan each year, and a more extensive and operational full-scale exercise every five years.
  • Provide a written report about any environmental emergencies.

If your business has hazardous substances, consult the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019. Meeting your obligations under the regulations will help protect Canadians and the environment from an accidental spill!

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