Follow up on decision on assessment of releases of used crankcase oils: chapter 2

2. Criteria

The following sources of exposure to used crankcase oils (UCOs) were identified as concerns in the assessment reportFootnote 1 prepared by Environment Canada:

  1. disposal to land, landfill and sewers
  2. use as a dust suppressant
  3. burning as fuel
  4. re-refining

Based on these sources of exposure and the risk management objective, which is to focus on the collection of used oil and specifically ensure that programs are in place to recover and properly mange used oils, the following five criteria will be used to asses the effectiveness of Canadian risk management measures for UCOs:

  • controls prohibiting the disposal of used oils to land, landfill and sewers
  • controls prohibiting the use of used oils as dust suppressant are in place
  • controls prohibiting the open burning of used oils and restricting the use of used oils as a fuel are in place
  • controls applicable to the re-refining and re-processing of used oils are in place
  • programs to collect used oils are in place in all provinces and territories, and together they are able to recover at least a minimum proportion of the used lubricating oils generated in Canada
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