Environmental emergency regulations: reporting a spill or release

Section 201 of CEPA 1999 requires that, when an environmental emergency occurs for any of the substances on the list established on Schedule 1 under the Environmental Emergency Regulations, any person who owns or has the charge, management or control of the substance immediately before the emergency shall, as soon as possible, notify an enforcement officer or any other person designated pursuant to the Regulations. In addition, this person must abide by a number of other requirements, such as taking all reasonable measures consistent with protection of the environment and public safety and providing a written report. The above obligations also apply to a person who causes or contributes to the emergency.

Section 9 of the Environmental Emergency Regulations, as amended in 2011, states:

"When an environmental emergency occurs in respect of a substance set out in column 1 of Schedule 1, the person who is designated for the purpose of paragraph 201(1)(a) of the Act, to be provided with a written report is the Regional Director of the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Enforcement Branch of the Department of the Environment in the region."

For the purposes of section 201 of CEPA 1999,

  • a verbal notification is to be made as soon as possible under the circumstances to the authorities identified in the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations (Notification Regulations) under CEPA 1999, which provide the regulated community and the public with the telephone number of the 24-hour authorities operating for the respective province or territory to which notifications are to be made; and
  • a written report should be made as soon as possible under the circumstances to the relevant authorities

Information on what a written report must include and to whom it must be sent can be found in section 9 of the E2 Regulations and in Appendix 7 of the Implementation Guidelines for the Environmental Emergency Regulations. Appendix 7 also provides a recommendation on information to be included in the verbal notification and the telephone numbers to call when a release or an environmental emergency occurs.

The person notifying Environment and Climate Change Canada must take all reasonable measures consistent with the protection of the environment and public safety, including preventing, mitigating or recovering from any negative effects on the environment or on human life or health. The person must make a reasonable effort to notify any member of the public who may be adversely affected by the environmental emergency.

Notification and reporting of environmental emergencies

Province

 

Verbal notification
24-hour telephone line

 

Written report
Designated person

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

709-772-2083
or
1-800-563-9089*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
ec.FA-lp-atl.ec@canada.ca

 

Nova Scotia

902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633 *

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
ec.FA-lp-atl.ec@canada.ca

 

Prince Edward Island

902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
ec.FA-lp-atl.ec@canada.ca

 

New Brunswick

902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
ec.FA-lp-atl.ec@canada.ca

 

Québec

514-283-2333
ou
1-866-283-2333*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Quebec Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
105 McGill Street, 3rd floor
Montréal QC  H2Y 2E7
ec.dale-rqinspections-eed-qrinspections.ec@canada.ca

 

Ontario

416-325-3000
or
1-800-268-6060*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Ontario Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
867 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON
L7S 1A1
ec.dale-ontdegarde-eed-ontoncall.ec@canada.ca

 

Manitoba

204-944-4888

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
ec.dale-rpn-enforcement-pnr.ec@canada.ca

 

Saskatchewan

1-800-667-7525

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
ec.dale-rpn-enforcement-pnr.ec@canada.ca

 

Alberta

780-422-4505
or
1-800-222-6514*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
ec.dale-rpn-enforcement-pnr.ec@canada.ca

 

Nunavut

867-920-8130

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
ec.dale-rpn-enforcement-pnr.ec@canada.ca

 

Northwest Territories

867-920-8130

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
ec.dale-rpn-enforcement-pnr.ec@canada.ca

 

British Columbia

1-800-663-3456

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Pacific and Yukon Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
201-401 Burrard Street, 4th floor
Vancouver BC  V6C 3S5
ec.pydalerimd-pyeeddgir.ec@canada.ca

 

Yukon

867-667-7244

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Pacific and Yukon Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
201-401 Burrard Street, 4th floor
Vancouver BC  V6C 3S5
ec.pydalerimd-pyeeddgir.ec@canada.ca

 

* Telephone number accessible only within the respective province  

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