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Bulky Substances

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) permits the disposal at sea of Bulky Substances which are defined as “primarily composed of iron, steel, concrete or other similar matter that does not have a significant adverse effect, other than a physical effect, on the sea or the seabed”.

In order to be considered, these substances must:

  • be in locations at which disposal at sea is the only practicable manner of disposal
  • not pose a serious obstacle to other legitimate uses of the sea after being disposed.

As such, permits for the disposal of bulky substances are rare and requests are assessed on a case-by case basis. Prior to undertaking any plans involving the disposal or placement of bulky substances into the sea, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest Disposal at Sea Program Office.