2C – Dealing with Spills and Environmental Emergencies 2019

Preliminary 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

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 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

Modelling potential risks
  • Spills to air: Odours and air modelling
  • Chemical and other plumes

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

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


Spills, 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

The worst happens: What do you do?

Types of incidents that must be reported

  • Spills, leaks and discharges (odours; gas; water; noise and air (dust); smoke; explosion and fuel spill; chemical spill; acid mist; oil)
  • What must be reported, when
  • 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
  • Managing facility risks and liabilities
  • Managing consultant and contractor environmental risks and liabilities

First response and first responders

Course ends 5 PM

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