Land-Based Spill Response Policy Update

The BC Ministry of Environment has released a Policy Update on the land-based spill response and preparedness regime. This update outlines the first phase of regulations due to be introduced later this spring. It addresses four elements: definitions for regulated and responsible persons; new requirements for preparedness; new spill reporting requirements; and, new requirements for recovery plans.

The Ministry is adopting a phase-in approach to introducing new regulations to allow for further consultation and research. The first set of prescribed substances to be addressed is liquid petroleum products including aviation fuel, bunker fuel and crude oil. Minimum prescribed quantities are 10,000 litres being transported by rail or highways, or any quantity transported by pipeline used for oil and gas activities. Local governments interested in providing feedback are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Environment, and to copy Josh van Loon, Senior Policy Analyst at UBCM.

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