Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (Storage and Loading of Volatile Petroleum Liquids) Regulations [Proposed]

About the regulations

These proposed regulations would require petroleum liquid storage tanks and loading racks to be equipped with emissions control equipment. Facilities that would be subject to the proposed regulations include petroleum liquid terminals and bulk plants, petroleum refineries, upgraders, and petrochemical facilities across Canada. The operators of these facilities would be required to install, inspect, maintain and repair equipment to ensure adequate emissions control performance.

 

About the Interim Order

The federal Minister of the Environment is authorized to issue an Interim Order under the existing authorities in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999) when the Ministers of Environment and of Health believe that substances listed in CEPA as toxic are not adequately regulated by federal or provincial governments, and immediate action is required given the significant danger to human life and health, or to the environment.

On May 24, 2024, the Interim Order was approved by the Government of Canada, formally extending the Order for up to two years.

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These proposed regulations would require petroleum liquid storage tanks and loading racks to be equipped with emissions control equipment. Facilities that would be subject to the proposed regulations include petroleum liquid terminals and bulk plants, petroleum refineries, upgraders, and petrochemical facilities across Canada. The operators of these facilities would be required to install, inspect, maintain and repair equipment to ensure adequate emissions control performance.

 

About the Interim Order

The federal Minister of the Environment is authorized to issue an Interim Order under the existing authorities in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999) when the Ministers of Environment and of Health believe that substances listed in CEPA as toxic are not adequately regulated by federal or provincial governments, and immediate action is required given the significant danger to human life and health, or to the environment.

On May 24, 2024, the Interim Order was approved by the Government of Canada, formally extending the Order for up to two years.

To read the information about these proposed regulations, please refer to Part I of the Canada Gazette in the “Legislative change” tab.

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These proposed regulations would require petroleum liquid storage tanks and loading racks to be equipped with emissions control equipment. Facilities that would be subject to the proposed regulations include petroleum liquid terminals and bulk plants, petroleum refineries, upgraders, and petrochemical facilities across Canada. The operators of these facilities would be required to install, inspect, maintain and repair equipment to ensure adequate emissions control performance.

 

About the Interim Order

The federal Minister of the Environment is authorized to issue an Interim Order under the existing authorities in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999) when the Ministers of Environment and of Health believe that substances listed in CEPA as toxic are not adequately regulated by federal or provincial governments, and immediate action is required given the significant danger to human life and health, or to the environment.

On May 24, 2024, the Interim Order was approved by the Government of Canada, formally extending the Order for up to two years.

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