Pursuant to the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations (ss. 30(1)), owners or operators of a storage tank system, under federal jurisdiction must prepare an emergency plan. For storage tank systems that were installed prior to the Regulations coming into force, emergency plans must be ready to be implemented by June 12, 2010 and for any systems that have been installed after June 12, 2008, these plans must be ready to be implemented, prior to the first fill or transfer of petroleum product to the system.
Attached is an example of a contingency plan which was provided by Environment Canada. This template can be used as a starting point and adapted for the development of community specific emergency plans. Spill contingency planning is not only important for compliance with legislative requirements and will demonstrate due diligence in the event of a spill, it can also provide an avenue for quick response to an emergency occurrence and minimize environmental or health related impacts. Should you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Deneen Brigham at (807) 623-9595 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.