Storage tanks for petroleum products: regulations

The Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA 1999) came into force on June 12, 2008.

Amendments to the Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 14, 2017 as part of the Regulations Amending certain Regulations Made under Sections 140, 209 and 286.1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. For more information, please visit the CEPA Environmental Registry.

The main objective of the Regulations is to prevent soil and groundwater contamination from storage tank systems located on federal and aboriginal lands. The Regulations also enhance the level of environmental protection regarding federal petroleum products and allied petroleum products storage tank systems, to be more in line with regulations in most provincial and territorial jurisdictions. The Regulations will also help to reduce uncertainties regarding the federal and provincial responsibilities of entities operating on federal lands and aboriginal lands.

These Regulations are technical in nature and refer to national and international industry standards. Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to developing tools that facilitate the implementation of the Regulations. This includes Tank tips, compliance promotion sessions and other tools which will clarify the requirements of the Regulations and how to comply with them.

The Regulations refer to some provisions of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) - Environmental Code of Practice for Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum and Allied Petroleum Products.

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