Critical Timelines for Existing Systems

Environment Canada’s new Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations came into effect on June 25, 2008. While many of the requirements are phased in over the next four years, some come into force immediately. This fact sheet provides you with a checklist of the requirements that come into force immediately and over the next 1, 2, and 4 years. For each entry, the section number in the regulations is given in brackets.

What has changed?

On June 25, 2008 Environment Canada put in place new regulations governing storage tank systems for petroleum and allied petroleum products that are under federal jurisdiction as described in the regulations. If you are the owner or operator of a storage tank system covered by these regulations there are new requirements in a variety of areas including spill reporting, leak detection and monitoring, and record keeping. You must also identify your storage tank system to Environment Canada by June 25, 2009.

This fact sheet (attached below) provides you with the checklist covering the major changes coming into force immediately, and over the next four
years, for existing storage tanks systems. Compliance with the regulations is mandatory.

Is your system covered by the regulations?

The regulations apply to storage tank systems under federal jurisdiction as described in the regulations – including privately owned systems located on federal or Aboriginal land – that are used to store petroleum products or ‘allied petroleum products’. Allied petroleum products are listed in Schedule 1 of the regulations. If you are unsure whether your storage tank system is covered by the regulations get a copy of Tank Tips 2: Do the regulations apply to you? on our website or consult section 2 of the regulations.

Where can you get copies of the regulations?

Copies of the regulations are available on our website at www.ec.gc.ca/st-rs or you can call us at 819-934-2991 and we’ll send you a copy. You’ll also find Tank Tips fact sheets on our website, with each fact sheet covering a different aspect of the
regulations.

What is an ‘existing’ storage tank system?

An existing storage tank system is a system that was operating when the regulations came into effect on June 25, 2008.

Where do you get more information?

On our website: www.ec.gc.ca/st-rs. If you’d like us to mail you the information below please call us at: 819-934-2991 (M-F: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST/EDT)

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