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ARCHIVED - Implementation Guidelines for Part 8 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 – Environmental Emergency Plans
- 1.0 Introduction
- 2.0 Summary of CEPA 1999's Environmental Emergency Planning Provisions Under Part 8, Sections 200 and 199
- 3.0 Application of Section 200
- 4.0 Environmental Emergency Reporting Requirements - Section 201
- 5.0 Application of Section 199
- 6.0 Content of an Environmental Emergency Plan
- 7.0 Public Access to Submitted Notices and Declarations
- 8.0 Compliance and Enforcement
- 9.0 Conclusion
- Appendix 1 Suggested References for Environmental Emergencies Prevention, Preparedness and Response Measures and Development of Environmental Emergency Plans
- Appendix 2 Notices/Declarations of Identification of Substance and Place, Preparation and Implementation of Environmental Emergency Plans
- Appendix 3 Model Subsection 199(1) Canada Gazette Notice
- Appendix 4 Section 200 - List of Regulated Substances (Alphabetical Order)
- Appendix 5 Calculation Of Substance Amount
- Appendix 6 Notification and Reporting of Environmental Emergencies
- Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data
4.0 Environmental Emergency Reporting Requirements - Section 201
Section 201 of CEPA 1999 requires that, when an environmental emergency occurs for any of the substances on the list established on Schedule 1 under the Environmental Emergency Regulations, any person who owns or has the charge, management or control of the substance immediately before the emergency shall, as soon as possible, notify an enforcement officer or any other person designated pursuant to the Regulations. In addition, this person must abide by a number of other requirements, such as taking all reasonable measures consistent with protection of the environment and public safety and providing a written report.
There are no environmental emergency notification and reporting thresholds associated with the 174 substances listed in Schedule 1 of the Regulations at this time. Specific notification and reporting points of contact as well as verbal and written report information requirements are contained in Appendix 6 of these Guidelines.
While the Environmental Emergency Regulations will not, at least initially, be specifying any environmental emergency reporting thresholds, the department considers that existing provincial reporting thresholds, if any, or alternatively those specified under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act are acceptable for the purposes of meeting obligations under the general provisions of section 201 of CEPA 1999 (see Appendix 6). This would eliminate confusion and also contribute to federal/provincial harmonization in this area.
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