2C – Dealing with Spills and Environmental Emergencies 2019

Course Agenda

May 8, 2019
Course Description

Environmental emergencies can result in a nightmare scenario for the unwary manager who must now consider risks associated with climate change in addition to dealing with more common spills, leaks and discharges that can prompt unwanted ministry investigations; fines and penalties; and damage community relations.

Attend this course to be sure of your responsibilities; implement measures to increase resiliency; avoid liability; and encourage proactive best practices.

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Sat Anand, Quality & Regulatory Manager, Anco Chemicals Inc. and Chair, Toronto North Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) | Dr. Carol Aziz, PhD, P.Eng., QP, Principal Consultant, Ramboll | Sue Kemball-Cook, PhD, Principal, Ramboll | Scott Connor, Chief of Training, Team-1 Academy Inc. | Rob Read, Senior Program Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada | Theresa Ip, Manager, Spills Action Centre, MECP | Sharon Walker, Manager, Emergency Planning, City of Vaughan | Jim Depa, Senior Project Manager, Terracon | Carl Spensieri, Vice President Environmental, Berkley Canada

Course begins 9 AM

Environmental emergencies: Proactive strategies

Planning to respond to tomorrow’s emergencies today

Risk assessment: Modelling climate change-related risks and emergencies for industries and municipalities
  • Discussion of climate risks likely to have an impact on municipalities and industrial facilities
  • Examples of sites/situations where a climate risk assessment is most urgently needed
  • Methods for doing climate risk evaluation using climate model data
  • Case study: Industrial site climate risk assessment
  • Summary: In a changing climate, asset management decisions based solely on past data can underestimate risk
  • Climate adaptation standards: How new standards can help mitigate risk

Complying with the new federal Environmental Emergency (E2) regulations
  • Environmental emergency (E2) regulations and their intent
  • Requirements and reporting under the current E2 regulations
  • New E2 regulations, timing, additional substances, key changes, and new reporting system

Planning – Best practices in building and maintaining an effective industry E2 plan: A case study

  • Prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from a spill or other environmental emergency
  • Setting up an ER plan & testing of an E2 plan
  • Public notification
  • Liaison with ER providers

Practice – Organizing meaningful E2 exercises and drills
  • E2 exercise planning
  • Conducting E2 exercises
  • Evaluating exercises
  • What-if: Planning/exercising for other emergencies

Emergency spill response in practice
  • In-house pre-planning and preparation to minimize the effects of a chemical spill
  • Practical lessons learned from case histories

Spills, leaks and discharges
Current requirements: Practical responses and due diligence strategies for dealing with spills, releases, leaks and discharges

Overview of federal and provincial regulatory requirements

Obligations for transporting materials under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA)
  • Overview of requirements
  • Decision tree
  • Checklist
  • CN and rail safety

Spills, leaks and discharges: Overview of federal and provincial requirements
  • Types of incidents that must be reported, cases resulting from a failure to report, and new trends
  • New trends in reporting requirements: B.C. spills legislation
  • Cases resulting from a failure to report

Reporting to the Spills Action Centre and other agencies
  • What the Spills Action Centre (SAC) does and where it fits in with other organizations

Environmental insurance: For climate-related environmental emergencies and spills
  • Overview of coverage available via commercial general liability and environmental liability insurance policies
  • Spill response capabilities
  • Emergency or crisis management cover
  • Risk control (emergency event modelling)
  • New environmental emergencies stemming from climate change
  • Managing consultant and contractor environmental risks and liabilities

Using 3D modeling technology to investigate chemical spills and plumes
  • Case studies: How 3D modelling technology can be used to visualize and calculate the amount of contamination in the subsurface
  • Introduction to Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH)  remediation technology

Question & answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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