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Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Posted by EnSafeCo on 17th Dec 2013

Q: Do ENPAC containment products comply with the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) of 1999, Part 5 “Regulation of Toxic Substances”? 

A: YES. 

The Canadian regulation, however, does not have a clear formula for determining required sump capacity for compliant spill containment like the US EPA regulations.  Instead each toxic substance has a separate quantity of significance for spills, notification, reporting, etc. 

CEPA 1999, Part 5 “Regulation of Toxic Substances” clearly states that users of toxic materials must “...take all reasonable measures consistent with the protection of the environment and public safety to prevent the release or, remedy any dangerous condition or reduce or mitigate any danger to the environment or to human life or health that results from the release...” of a toxic material.  The intent is clearly identical to that of the US EPA regulations.   

Most ENPAC containment products meet or exceed US EPA requirements for compliant containment of 55- gallon drums of hazardous materials.  Some ENPAC products only meet compliance requirements for smaller sized containers.   

Finally, most Canadian sources of containment products refer to the US EPA in describing the compliance of the products that they offer.  It can be inferred from this that compliance with US EPA requirements will meet or exceed the Canadian standard.  Just as in the US, Canadian Provincial regulations could be more stringent than the federal statute.   

As always, the user is responsible for confirming that they meet or exceed all applicable regulations and requirements, including those for the specific state or province and municipality.