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SPEAKER SERIES: Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations – September 10, 2021

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the fall.

Date: September 10, 2021
Time: 12:00-12:30pm NST
Location: Online
Cost: Free!

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Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Environmental Emergency Program aims to protect Canadians and their environment from the effects of environmental emergencies through the provision of science-based expert advice and regulations. ECCC’s main environmental emergencies responsibilities are defined in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and the Fisheries Act.

On August 24th 2019, the Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations 2019 came in to force under the authorities of Section 200 of CEPA. The E2 Regulations aim to help reduce the frequency and severity of environmental emergencies involving unplanned, uncontrolled or accidental releases of hazardous substances from fixed industrial facilities. The new regulations improve the clarity of regulatory requirements, reinforce provisions relating to environmental emergency management, and introduce periodic reporting requirements for facilities, substances and emergency plans. The final regulations add 33 new substances to the list of regulated substances.

The E2 Regulations apply to the owner or the person in charge, management or control of a substance listed in schedule 1 of the regulations. When specific quantity or container capacity thresholds are met or exceeded, this person must notify Environment and Climate Change Canada and submit information on the installation and substance concerned. When both the quantity and container capacity reach or exceed the thresholds, the responsible person must prepare, bring into force and periodically exercise an environmental emergency plan (E2 plan). These emergency plans help industry to better prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from an environmental emergency.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019. It will serve as an opportunity to spread awareness about the new requirements to the regulated (and potentially regulated) community.

Speaker Biography

Gerard Chisholm
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Gerard Chisholm is a Senior Program Officer with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Environmental Emergencies Program based out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Gerard is responsible for the planning, implementation and delivery of compliance promotion on the Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations in the Atlantic Region. Gerard also represents ECCC on the CSA Technical Committee for the Z767 Standard for Process Safety Management and the CSA Technical Committee for the Z246.2 Standard for Emergency Preparedness and Response for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Systems Gerard also has experience in a number of various environmental management fields including contaminated site management, hazardous substance management, petroleum storage tank systems, domestic heating oil tank systems, used oil management, and emergency response.


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