Response: It is important to note that the cost estimates in this RIAS do not represent the overall compliance cost impacts of the Regulations. endobj Such mixtures pose a danger due to their ability to cause vapour cloud explosions. The final Regulations introduce periodic reporting requirements every five years to provide updates relating to facility and substance information, and environmental emergency plans, when applicable, in addition to the notices that are already required within 60 days of changes to facility or substance information that may occur in the interim.

Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019. Lastly, the final Regulations provide improved clarity with respect to the separation distance that is required between a propane tank and the property boundary in question in order to qualify for the exclusion provision relating to propane. 172(d). (b) every five years, beginning on the day on which the plan is brought into effect, a full-scale simulation exercise in respect of any one substance, using an environmental emergency referred to in paragraph 4(2)(e) or (f) as the emergency being simulated.

As well, some industry stakeholders requested clarifications regarding the regulatory text and its applicability. Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to subsection 200(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999Footnote b, makes the annexed Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019.

Economic Analysis Directorate These measures will help ensure that the resources invested in advance public notifications are allocated to likely scenarios with potentially significant impacts. Overall, the final Regulations are linked to the federal government’s policies for environmental emergency management, and they support the Government of Canada’s actions to protect the environment and human life and health from the risks posed by hazardous substances. 3 If the notice concerns a transfer of the ownership of the facility, the following information: 1 The name, civic address and telephone number of the person who is providing the written report. (a)if some or all of the substance is not in a container system, a responsible person has reported a maximum expected quantity under paragraph 3(d) of Schedule 2 that is equal to or greater than the quantity set out in column 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 for that substance; or 1.2. Regulated parties that have the ownership, or the charge, management or control, of any of these listed substances at or above specified thresholds are required to provide facility and substance information. In addition, several municipalities in the province of Quebec have established multi-stakeholder committees with representatives from industry and municipal, provincial and federal governments in order to manage the risks of accidents involving hazardous substances. As a result, the 12 corrosive substances and the 3 carcinogenic substances, which were proposed for addition, have not been added to the final Regulations.footnote 13,footnote 14 Three acids with inhalation hazards from the Regulations will remain listed in the final Regulations with their original thresholds. For more information on the risk evaluation to determine the requirement for environmental emergency planning for each of the identified substances, please visit the Potential Substances Summary Reports. For more information, please visit the Actual performance information by Program and by Organization (2016-17). In addition, industry stakeholders noted that the probability of such an event occurring is low and it is preferable to invest resources in advance public notification measures for an environmental emergency scenario which is more likely to occur. The flexible option is still expected to allow for enhanced identification of regulated parties, compliance monitoring and enforcement of the regulatory requirements, without the additional administrative costs associated with businesses reporting to the Minister annually on facilities and quantities of substances, or on environmental emergency plans. Approximately 95% of these parties are small businesses. 2 Confirmation that the annual simulation exercises referred to in paragraph 7(1)(a) of the Regulations were conducted. The final Regulations maintain obligations related to the submission of notices concerning facility and substance information, the preparation of environmental emergency plans, and bringing into effect and exercising environmental emergency plans. 8 A description of the harmful effects or potential harmful effects of the environmental emergency on the environment and on human life or health, including effects on any surrounding hospitals, schools, residential, commercial or industrial buildings, highways, public transit infrastructure, parks, forests, wildlife habitats, water sources or water bodies. This will require that environmental emergency planning be undertaken for regulated substances that are combustible or likely to explode, which are present in mixtures meeting either the flash point or the boiling point criterion, when the substance quantity and container capacity thresholds are met. 7 (1) A responsible person must conduct simulation exercises in relation to each environmental emergency plan that is prepared under subsection 4(1) as follows: (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a simulation exercise conducted in respect of a substance belonging to a given hazard category must simulate a different environmental emergency for each subsequent simulation exercise until all of the environmental emergencies identified under paragraph 4(2)(d) for each of the substances belonging to that hazard category have been simulated, after which the environmental emergencies must be cycled through again. 11 A responsible person must make a copy of the environmental emergency plan readily available at the facility referred to in subsection 4(1) and at any other place where a copy of the plan needs to be kept for consultation by the individuals who are to carry it out. (3) If the Minister has not specified a form and format or if it is not feasible to submit the information or report electronically because of circumstances beyond the person’s control, the information or report, as the case may be, must be submitted on paper in the form and format specified by the Minister, if any, and be signed by the person or their authorized representative.

8 After each simulation exercise is conducted in relation to the environmental emergency plan, a responsible person must prepare a record that contains the date, a summary and the results of the simulation exercise and any modifications to be made to the plan as a result of the simulation exercise. The final Regulations add 33 additional substances to Schedule 1. It is possible that these flexibilities will lead to incremental cost savings for existing regulated parties; however, these potential savings have not been estimated in this analysis. Several new definitions have been added to the final Regulations to improve clarity, such as “responsible person,” “container system,” “facility” and “full-scale simulation exercise.”. The objective of the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 (the final Regulations) is to further enhance environmental emergency management in Canada. In addition, the final Regulations introduce periodic reporting requirements that will provide enhancements to the timeliness and accuracy of the data currently available to public safety organizations and the Department. (5) A responsible person must, within 60 days after the day on which any of the following situations occurs, submit an updated notice to the Minister that contains the information referred to in Schedule 2: (a) the information that was reported under section 1 or 2 of Schedule 2 has changed; (b) the maximum expected quantity that was most recently reported under paragraph 3(d) of Schedule 2 in respect of a substance has increased by 10% or more; or. 4 (1) A responsible person must, for each facility at which a substance is located, prepare an environmental emergency plan with respect to the substance under the following circumstances: (a) if some or all of the substance is not in a container system, a responsible person has reported a maximum expected quantity under paragraph 3(d) of Schedule 2 that is equal to or greater than the quantity set out in column 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 for that substance; or, (b) if the substance is in a container system, a responsible person has reported, (i) under paragraph 3(d) of Schedule 2, a maximum expected quantity that is equal to or greater than the quantity set out in column 4 of Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 1 for that substance, and. Businesses must submit the initial notice that contains facility and substance information, as well as two initial notices pertaining to the environmental emergency plan.

The development of Canada’s Regulations was later triggered by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in the United States. (2) If the certification is provided by an authorized representative, the authorized representative must provide their name, telephone number and email address. 15 (1) If a notice has been submitted under subsection 3(1) in respect of a substance located at a facility, a responsible person must submit a notice to the Minister if.