Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019
Overview What are the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019?
The Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 are one of the instruments used by the Government of Canada to protect Canadians and the environment. They are designed to reduce the frequency and impacts of environmental emergencies involving accidental releases of hazardous substances, such as oil and chemical spills, from facilities in Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is responsible for administering and enforcing these Regulations. How have the Regulations changed?
The Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 clarify the requirements of the legislation and reinforce sound environmental emergency management and timely public notifications. They introduce new definitions and periodic reporting requirements for facilities, substances and emergency plans. The new regulations will better protect Canadians and the environment by adding 33 new substances to the list of regulated substances in Schedule 1. All reports are to be submitted through ECCC’s Single Window Interface to adhere to regulatory reporting requirements. Who is subject to the Regulations?
The Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 apply to any person or company 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. What are the major requirements under the Regulations?
Facilities that have a regulated substance and meet the concentration, total quantity and/or container capacity thresholds may have new requirements. What are the major requirements under the Regulations?
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