Environmental emergencies: regulated facilities

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An environmental emergency is an accidental release of a hazardous substance that can have immediate and long-term impact on environmental and human health, such as an oil or chemical spill.Footnote [1] To prevent and mitigate potential spills of regulated substances, facilities that have these substances at or above certain quantities may be required to have environmental emergency plans (E2 plans) under the Environmental Emergency Regulations (E2 Regulations). Between April 2012 and March 2015, less than 1.0% of facilities with E2 plans have reported environmental emergencies.

Percentage of facilities with E2 plans that have reported environmental emergencies, Canada, 2012 to 2015

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The column chart presents the percentage of facilities with environmental emergency plans that have had environmental emergencies in Canada by fiscal year (1 April to 31 March) from 2012-2013 to 2014-2015. Less than 1.0% of facilities with environmental emergency plans have reported environmental emergencies.

Data for this chart
Percentage of facilities with E2 plans that have reported environmental emergencies, Canada, 2012 to 2015
Fiscal year
(1 April to 31 March)
Total number of facilities with E2 plans Number of facilities with E2 plans that have had environmental emergencies Percentage of facilities with E2 plans that have had environmental emergencies
2012-2013 2517 10 0.4
2013-2014 2585 11 0.4
2014-2015 2449 21 0.9

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Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada's National Emergencies and Enforcement Management Information System and Intelligence System (NEMISIS).

Facilities may be required to develop an E2 plan if they manufacture, store, use, or dispose of regulated substances at or above specified quantities, as described in the List of Substances in Schedule 1 of the E2 Regulations. An E2 plan strengthens the capacity of facilities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from environmental emergencies and incidents. The Environmental Emergencies Program helps facilities comply with the requirements and obligations under the E2 Regulations by providing guidance for the development of an E2 plan.

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