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Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 Annual Report for April 2011 to March 2012

9 Government Operations and Federal and Aboriginal Lands (Part 9)

Part 9 of CEPA 1999 provides the authority to make regulations, objectives, guidelines and codes of practice that apply to departments, boards and agencies of the Government of Canada; federal works and undertakings; federal land; Aboriginal land; persons on that land and other persons insofar as their activities involve that land; and Crown corporations.

In June 2010, the first major performance milestone for the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations came into force. These regulations, which seek to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater as a result of spills and leaks of petroleum products and allied petroleum products from storage tank systems, include a number of mandatory requirements that come into force through to 2012. Analysis of compliance data for the first major performance milestone, the identification requirements, has indicated a high compliance rate to date. This data will establish a comprehensive inventory of federal storage tank systems and continue to be used to support performance analysis, compliance promotion efforts and enforcement activities to ensure continued compliance with the regulations, including the upcoming requirements for product transfer areas and removal of high-risk systems.

To date, 1611 regulatees have identified storage tanks to Environment Canada through the Federal Identification Registry of Storage Tank Systems database for a total volume capacity of 2.3 billion litres. Regulatees include:

  • 57 federal departments, boards, agencies and Crown corporations that have identified 5322 storage tanks;
  • 304 federal works and undertakings, such as ports, airport and railways that have identified 1754 storage tanks; and
  • 1250 owners of storage tank systems located on federal lands or Aboriginal lands that have identified 6751 storage tanks.
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