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Implementation Guidelines for the Environmental Emergency Regulations 2011

Appendix 7

Notification and Reporting of Environmental Emergencies Under Section 201 of CEPA 1999

Reporting of Environmental Emergencies under Section 201 of CEPA 1999

Section 9(1) of the E2 Regulations states:

When an environmental emergency occurs in respect of a substance set out in column 1 of Schedule 1, the person who is designated for the purpose of paragraph 201(1)(a) of the Act, to be provided with a written report is the Regional Director of the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Enforcement Branch of the Department of the Environment in the region where the environmental emergency occurs.

The written report information requirements are in the list below and the designated person to whom you should provide this information can be found in column 3 of Table 1.

Written Report

The following information must be included in the written report:

  1. the name, civic address and telephone number of the person who owns or has the charge, management or control of the substance released
  2. the date, time and location of the release
  3. the name and CAS registry number of the substance released
  4. the quantity of the substance released or, if the quantity cannot be determined, an estimate of the quantity
  5. the identification of the container from which the substance was released and a description of its condition
  6. the location of the release and description of the potential negative effects on the environment or on human life or health
  7. a description of the circumstances and of the cause of the release (if known) and of the measures taken to mitigate any negative effects on the environment or on human life or health
  8. the identification of all persons and agencies notified as a result of the release
  9. all measures taken or planned to be taken to prevent similar releases

For verbal notification, the schedule Notification of Release or Environmental Emergency of the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations provides telephone numbers set out in column 3 of this schedule and in column 2 in Table 1 below.

In order for Environment Canada to fully comprehend the details surrounding an environmental emergency incident, Environment Canada recommends that a verbal notification include the following information:

Verbal Notification

  1. the reporting person’s name, and the telephone number at which the person can be immediately contacted
  2. the name of the person who owns or has the charge, management or control of the substance immediately before the environmental emergency
  3. the date and time of the release
  4. the location of therelease
  5. the name/CAS registry number of the substance released
  6. the estimated quantity of the substance released
  7. the means of containment (from which the substance was released) and a description of its condition
  8. the number of deaths and injuries resulting from the environmental emergency
  9. the surrounding area/environment affected and potential impact of the release (mobility of release and weather or geographic conditions at the site)
  10. a brief description of the circumstances leading to the release
  11. the cause of the release (if known)
  12. details of the actions taken or further actions contemplated (to contain, recover, clean up and dispose of the substance involved)
  13. the names of agencies notified or on-scene
  14. other pertinent information
Table 1: Notification and Report of Environmental Emgergencies
ProvinceVerbal Notification
24-hour telephone line*
Written Report
Designated Person

Newfoundland and Labrador709-772-2083
or
1-800-563-9089
(Telephone number accessible only within the Atlantic provinces)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924

Prince Edward Island902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633
(Telephone number accessible only within the Atlantic provinces)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement   Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924

Nova Scotia902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633
(Telephone number accessible only within the Atlantic provinces)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924

New Brunswick902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633
(Telephone number accessible only within the Atlantic provinces)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924

Quebec514-283-2333
or
1-866-283-2333
(Telephone number accessible only within the province of Quebec)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Quebec Region
Environment Canada
105 McGill Street (3rd floor)
Montréal QC H2Y 2E7
Fax: 514-496-2087

Ontario416-325-3000
or
1-800-268-6060
(Telephone number accessible only within the province of Ontario)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Ontario Region
Environment Canada
845 Harrington Court
Burlington ON L7N 3P3
Fax: 905-333-3952

Manitoba204-944-4888
(Collect call outside Winnipeg)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Twin Atria Building
4999-98th Avenue, Room 200
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3
Fax: 780-495-2451

Saskatchewan1-800-667-7525Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Twin Atria Building
4999-98th Avenue, Room 200
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3
Fax: 780-495-2451

Alberta780-422-4505
or
1-800-222-6514
(Telephone number accessible only within the province of Alberta)
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Twin Atria Building
4999-98th Avenue, Room 200
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3
Fax: 780-495-2451

British Columbia1-800-663-3456Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Pacific and Yukon Region
Environment Canada
201-401 Burrard Street (4th floor)
Vancouver BC V6C 3S5
Fax: 604-666-9059

Yukon867-667-7244Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Pacific and Yukon Region
Environment Canada
201-401 Burrard Street (4th floor)
Vancouver BC V6C 3S5
Fax: 604-666-9059

Northwest Territories867-920-8130Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Twin Atria Building
4999-98th Avenue, Room 200
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3
Fax: 780-495-2451

Nunavut867-920-8130Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement
Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Twin Atria Building
4999-98th Avenue, Room 200
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3
Fax: 780-495-2451

* This information is from the Release and Environmental Notification Regulations, SOR/2011-90.