Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Environmental Emergency Regulations
Gerard R Chisholm
- G. Chisholm, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada;
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Environmental Emergency Program aims to protect Canadians and their environment from the effects of environmental emergencies through the provision of science-based expert advice and regulations. ECCC’s main environmental emergencies responsibilities are defined in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and the Fisheries Act.
On August 24th 2019, the Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations 2019 came in to force under the authorities of Section 200 of CEPA.
The E2 Regulations aim to help reduce the frequency and severity of environmental emergencies involving unplanned, uncontrolled or accidental releases of hazardous substances from fixed industrial facilities. The new regulations improve the clarity of regulatory requirements, reinforce provisions relating to environmental emergency management, and introduce periodic reporting requirements for facilities, substances and emergency plans. The final regulations add 33 new substances to the list of regulated substances.
The E2 Regulations apply to the owner or the person in charge, management or control of a substance listed in schedule 1 of the regulations. When specific quantity or container capacity thresholds are met or exceeded, this person must notify Environment and Climate Change Canada and submit information on the installation and substance concerned. When both the quantity and container capacity reach or exceed the thresholds, the responsible person must prepare, bring into force and periodically exercise an environmental emergency plan (E2 plan). These emergency plans help industry to better prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from an environmental emergency.
The presentation will provide an overview of the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019. It will serve as an opportunity to spread awareness about the new requirements to the regulated community and provide insight into the regulatory development process.