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New Spill Response Requirements for BC

On October 13th, 2017, the BC Ministry of Environment launched “world leading” new spill preparedness, response and recovery requirements to address public concerns regarding the impact of spills of regulated substances on the environment and the general public.

ICBC welcomes and plans to work with its insureds in the event of a spill.

Below are amendments to the Environmental Management Act:

1. Environmental Management Act Amendments include two new categories of entities (“responsible persons” and “regulated persons”), the responsibilities of these entities in the event of a spill and establishment of a new contingency planning framework of regulated persons.

2. Spill Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Regulation  includes details about prescribed substances for the purposes of the definition of regulated persons, deadlines for the preparation of a spill contingency plan for regulated persons, required contents of a recovery plan and report on conclusion of the recovery plan, and details regarding record-keeping requirements.

3. Spill Contingency Planning Regulation (for those who are regulated) includes the required contents of a spill contingency plan and details the scope of the planning that regulated persons must undertake in preparing for a possible future spill. This includes carrier requirements for training, incident command systems, spill response procedures, health and safety, first responders, local and provincial authorities, wildlife response, and hazard assessments.

4. Spill reporting Regulation includes details of the situations that trigger spill-reporting requirements, initial reporting to the Provincial Emergency Program (1-800-663-3456) and the requirements for updates to the minister, post-spill reporting, and post-incident “lessons learned” reports.

To find out about how ICBC & BCTA is supporting you, visit: ICBC Support for New BC Spill Response Requirements

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