Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1148)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2015-06-18. Previous Versions

 The drawing shall show the location of the railway right-of-way, property fences, dikes, pipelines under roadways or railways, sewers, ditches, watercourses and other similar structures that are located on the installation site.

 The notes or legend on the drawing shall include the following information:

  • (a) evidence that the Provincial Fire Marshal or other local fire authority having jurisdiction in the surrounding area has no objection to the proposed installation; this evidence may take the form of a plan signature by the authority concerned or of a letter addressed to the owning or operating company by such authority;

  • (b) a statement that the design and construction of the storage tanks will be in accordance with the requirements of subsection 21(1);

  • (c) size, contents and capacity in Imperial gallons of all storage tanks;

  • (d) type, size and construction of pumphouse, warehouse and any other building or enclosure on the installation site;

  • (e) type and size of motive power to be used for pumping equipment;

  • (f) type and size of heating unit if warehouse, office building, or any other enclosure is heated;

  • (g) indicate whether the track or tracks serving the installation are team tracks or private tracks; and

  • (h) location of installation by reference to the railway, subdivision, mileage and nearest town or city.

 Where the Commission has approved, by Order pursuant to section 6, the construction of an installation or part thereof, a copy of each drawing referred to in subsection 7(2) shall be kept by the railway company for the life of the installation and retained for at least two years thereafter.

  • SOR/85-472, s. 1.

PART IIDistances

 The minimum distances from the loading or unloading track to the main track shall be as designated in Table I of Schedule I. Such distances shall be measured from the centre line of the loading or unloading track at the loading or unloading point to the gauge side of the nearest rail of the main track.

  •  (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the minimum distances from the centre line of the loading or unloading rack or terminal to the nearest point of a building or property line, shall be as designated in Table I of Schedule I.

  • (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1),

    • (a) the distance between a loading or unloading rack or terminal and any storage tank, building or any other similar structure located on the installation site and used exclusively by the owning or operating company shall not be less than 10 feet; and

    • (b) the minimum distance between a loading or unloading rack or terminal and any building on another installation subject to these Regulations with which it has a common property line shall be waived if the location of the rack or terminal with respect to the common property line complies with the distance requirements of subsection (1).

  • (3) The distance between the track side of a loading or unloading rack or terminal and the gauge side of the nearest rail of any track shall not be less than designated in Table II of Schedule I.

  •  (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3), the minimum distances from the nearest point on a storage tank shell to any track, structure or property line shall be as designated in Table III of Schedule I.

  • (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1)  but subject to subsection (4), the distance between storage tanks and other structures located on the installation site and used exclusively by the owning or operating company shall not be less than 10 feet.

  • (3) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the requirement for minimum distances between a storage tank and any building on another installation subject to these Regulations with which it has a common property line shall be waived, if the location of the storage tank complies with the distance requirements of Table III of Schedule I with respect to the common property line.

  • (4) Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (3), the distance between an above ground storage tank with a capacity of 500 Imperial gallons or less and any building on the installation site which is used exclusively by the company owning or operating the installation shall not be less than one foot, and a distance of not less than five feet shall be maintained between any building opening and the discharge end of storage tank vent pipes and fill pipe openings.

  • (5) It is recommended that the distance of any flammable liquid storage tank from the right-of-way boundary of a provincial highway should not be less than the distance prescribed in Table III of Schedule I for a main track and in no case shall this distance be less than that prescribed by the authorities of the province concerned for installations subject to their jurisdiction.

  • (6) In no case shall a flammable liquid storage tank be located less than 20 feet from any track.

  • (7) Except as provided in subsection (8), no storage tanks containing flammable liquids shall be installed inside or under buildings or on ground that cannot be diked if dikes are required.

  • (8) Class II flammable liquid storage tanks not exceeding an aggregate capacity of 500 Imperial gallons may be installed in or under buildings.

  • (9) The distance of a storage tank from the fence surrounding the installation shall not be less than five feet.

  • (10) Except as provided in subsection (12), flammable liquid storage tanks each with a capacity of 50,000 Imperial gallons or less shall be separated by not less than three feet.

  • (11) Except as provided in subsection (12), a flammable liquid storage tank with a capacity exceeding 50,000 Imperial gallons shall be separated from any smaller tank by not less than one-half the diameter of such smaller tank.

  • (12) Notwithstanding subsections (10) and (11), the clear distance between crude petroleum storage tanks, or a crude petroleum storage tank and any other flammable liquid storage tank shall not be less than

    • (a) the diameter of the smaller storage tank, when the capacity of the adjacent tank is more than 50,000 Imperial gallons; or

    • (b) one-half the diameter of the smaller storage tank, when the capacity of each tank is 50,000 Imperial gallons or less.

  • (13) The clear distance between a storage tank containing a flammable liquid and a storage tank containing a liquefied petroleum gas or other dangerous commodity shall not be less than 20 feet, except that installations with a storage capacity exceeding 150,000 Imperial gallons shall be located not less than 100 feet from the nearest tank containing a liquefied petroleum gas or other dangerous commodity.

  • (14) No dike enclosing flammable liquid storage tanks shall include a tank containing a liquefied petroleum gas or other dangerous commodity.

  • (15) The distance between any flammable liquid storage tank and the centre line of a dike wall shall not be less than 10 feet.

  • (16) An outside storage area containing 50 filled drums or less of flammable liquids shall be located not less than 10 feet from the line of any property that has been or may be built upon.

  • (17) An outside storage area containing more than 50, but not more than 100, filled drums of flammable liquids shall be located not less than 25 feet from the line of any property that has been or may be built upon.

  • (18) An outside storage area containing more than 100 filled drums of flammable liquids shall be located not less than 50 feet from the line of any property that has been or may be built upon.

  • (19) The distance between an outside drum storage area containing more than 10 filled drums and a storage tank, building or any other similar structure on the installation site, used exclusively by the owning or operating company, shall not be less than 10 feet.

  • (20) Except as provided in subsection 42(6), flammable liquid drums not exceeding an aggregate capacity of 500 Imperial gallons may be stored in warehouses or other suitable buildings on the installation site.

  •  (1) All pumphouses and outdoor pumps that are driven by non-explosion proof motors or internal combustion engines shall be located not less than 10 feet from any storage tank, loading or unloading rack or terminal, building or any other enclosure.

  • (2) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), outdoor pumps driven by motors marked or labelled Class I, Division I, Group D, and wired in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code for Class I, Division I, Group D, hazardous locations may be located anywhere on the installation site.

  • (3) The installation of pumps or motors under a storage tank or in a warehouse or other building where flammable liquids are stored or handled or in buildings attached thereto is prohibited.

  • (4) The distances of a pumphouse or an outdoor pump used for Class I flammable liquids from a refuse burner, furnace, forge, welding operation or similar source of ignition shall not be less than 50 feet and when practicable, such distance should be greater than 50 feet.

 Petroleum refineries and similar processing plants, except storage tanks and tank car transfer facilities of such plants, shall be located not less than 250 feet from a main track.

 Notwithstanding any provision in this Part, where the distance requirements prescribed therein cannot be met, the Commission may, at the request of an applicant, approve lesser distances if the Commission is satisfied that the approval of the lesser distances will not affect the overall safety of an installation.

  • SOR/83-589, s. 1.

PART IIIStorage Tanks

  •  (1) Vertical above ground storage tanks shall be installed on non-combustible foundations of strength adequate to permanently support the tank in a true vertical position. The bottom of the tank shall be suitably protected against corrosion.

  • (2) Horizontal above ground storage tanks shall be installed on non-combustible foundations of strength adequate to permanently support the tank in a true horizontal position.

  • (3) Steel foundations exceeding 18 inches in height at the lowest point for above ground storage tanks with a capacity in excess of 3,000 Imperial gallons shall be made fireproof with a material that has a fire resistance rating of not less than two hours.

  • (4) Below ground storage tanks shall be set on a firm foundation surrounded with soft earth or sand well tamped in place. Ashes or any other corrosive material shall not be used to cover storage tanks.

  • (5) Except as provided in subsection (6) and in subsection (7), underground storage tanks shall be covered with a minimum of two feet of earth or with not less than one foot of earth, on top of which shall be placed a slab of reinforced concrete not less than four inches in thickness.

  • (6) If below ground storage tanks may be subjected to vehicular traffic, they shall be protected against damage with at least three feet of earth cover or 18 inches of well tamped earth plus either six inches of reinforced concrete or eight inches of asphaltic concrete that shall extend at least 12 inches horizontally beyond the storage tank extremities in all directions.

  • (7) Notwithstanding subsection (5), below ground storage tanks that are not entirely buried shall be covered with earth to a minimum depth of two feet with a slope on all sides not less than 1 1/2 feet horizontally to one foot vertically.

 
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