2C – Environmental Emergencies and Spills

Preliminary Course Agenda

May 13, 2020
Course Description

Environmental emergencies can result in a nightmare scenario for the unwary manager who must now also consider risks associated with climate change.

New federal Environmental Emergencies (E2) Regulations, as well as proposed changes to ERAP provisions under the TDG Regulations (both scheduled to take full effect on March 1, 2020), reflect the importance of planning for community resilience and business continuity.

In addition to natural disasters, industrial spills, leaks and discharges can have equally devastating consequences, resulting in unwanted ministry investigations, prosecutions, fines and penalties.

Attend this course with your spills response team to be sure of your responsibilities; avoid potential liabilities; and encourage proactive teamwork approaches and best practices.

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


To be announced

Course begins 9 AM

Environmental emergencies: Adaptation and resilience strategies for businesses and municipalities

Natural disasters risk assessment: Modelling climate change-related risks and emergencies for industries and municipalities

Complying with the new federal Environmental Emergencies (E2) Regulations – Update
  • An update related to the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 (in effect March 1, 2020)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) tools to support compliance with E2 Regulations

Pre-planning process for high hazard sites
  • Using a city facility as an example, the presentation demonstrates the importance of collaborating with ER services in advance and the positive outcomes it creates

A collaborative approach to dangerous goods emergency management
  • Regulations Amending Emergency Response Assistance Plan provisions in the federal TDG Regulations – also taking effect on March 1, 2020
  • An organizational overview of Emergency Response Assistance Canada
  • The importance of ER planning, including annual tabletops and exercises
  • How geospatial tools such as ArcGIS can be used in emergency preparedness and response

Company plans: CN CargoFlo
  • Hazmat spill and E2 response planning and preparation
    in a complex hazmat materials loading and unloading cargo facility

Reporting spills, leaks and discharges: Compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Overview of spills related legislation under the Fisheries Act; the Ontario Environmental Protection Act; etc.
  • 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, to whom

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

Practice: Organizing meaningful E2 exercises and drills
  • E2 exercise planning
  • Conducting and evaluating exercises
  • E2 public education and exercises

Personal and corporate liability: Cautionary tales for supervisors and managers
  • Avoiding personal and corporate liabilities: Case history red flags
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them

Panel discussion and question and answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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