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ARCHIVED - Questions and Answers on the Federal Questions and Answers on the Federal Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations

Other Questions

  1. When will inspections take place?

    Inspections by enforcement officers may be scheduled or unscheduled visits.

  2. Do I have to submit to inspections?

    Yes. Under CEPA 1999, enforcement officers are authorized to inspect, in order to verify compliance with the Act and any regulations made under it. The Act also requires that the owner or the person in charge give the enforcement officer reasonable assistance in their duties.

  3. Do the regulations require me to keep samples?

    No.

  4. Am I required to provide samples?

    Yes, upon request by an Environment Canada enforcement officer or a CEPA analyst. Also s.219 of CEPA, 1999 allows the Minister of Environment to make such a request by registered letter or by a demand served personally upon the regulatee.

  5. How will the samples be requested by Environment Canada?

    During an inspection, Environment Canada enforcement officers or a CEPA analyst may request samples of diesel fuel. Requests for samples could also arise under other circumstances, such as during the execution of an inspection warrant or a search warrant.

    Also, as indicated above, the Minister of Environment may request samples by registered letter or by a demand served personally upon the regulatee.

  6. Will I be told beforehand that a sample will be requested?

    No.

  7. How do I obtain a copy of the Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations?

    The regulations were published on July 31, 2002 in the Canada Gazette, Part II, pages 1668 - 1703. The regulations can be downloaded from CEPA Environmental Registry.

    (When you click on the site, find the heading "Regulations" on the left-hand side of the page. Click on that heading and, if you scroll down the page, you will note there is a choice between current regulations and proposed regulations. Click on current regulations and the titles of current regulations appear before you. Choose "Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations" and click on "Go".)

    Another helpful web site is the Oil, Gas and Energy Branch web site that publishes fuel quality reports.

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