Environmental Emergency Regulations
Through the Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations, the Federal Government requires the preparation and implementation of environmental emergency plans to manage toxic and other hazardous substances at commercial and industrial facilities.
Under the E2 Regulations, a facility storing or using one or more of the regulated substances above the specified thresholds, or who has a container with a capacity for that substance in excess of the specified quantity, will have to notify Environment Canada of the place where the substance is held, along with the maximum expected quantity and the size of the largest container for that substance.
If the above criteria are exceeded, the facility must prepare and implement an Environmental Emergency Plan and notify Environment Canada.
Does This Regulation Impact Your Facility?
LEHDER suggests the following steps to determine if your facility is impacted by the E2 Regulations:
- Identify if you use any of the specified substances listed in Schedule 1 of the regulation
- For each E2 substance used, determine the maximum quantity of the substance that may be present at your site at any time in the year. This includes both storage and use.
- For each E2 substance used, determine the maximum capacity of the container(s) in which it is stored.
- If EITHER the quantity of the E2 substance(s) OR the maximum capacity of any one of its containers, determined in Steps 2 and 3, is greater than the threshold, you are required to submit a notification to Environment Canada.
- If BOTH the quantity of the E2 substance(s) AND the maximum capacity of any one of its containers, determined in Steps 2 and 3, are greater than the threshold, you are required to:
- prepare an E2 plan for each substance that exceeds the threshold and submit a notification and
- implement the E2 plan, including a test, and submit a notification
How Can LEHDER Assist?
Companies that see the value of good, robust information management systems benefit by being able to effectively satisfy several reporting requirements. LEHDER has recognized that value and has developed services to meet the needs of proactive companies.
The LEHDER Environmental Information Management Service (LEIMS) allows Source and Emission Inventories to be developed using well documented methodology and maintained within a single system. This ensures consistency and streamlines data management.
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