If the owner or operator of a storage tank system uses an oil-water separator in the operation of the system, the operator must ensure that the oil-water separator’s water is discharged in a manner such that there will be no immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment and will not constitute a danger to human life or health.

 The owner or operator of a storage tank system must not use centrifugal-type pumps to transfer oil-contaminated water from dikes or sumps to the oil-water separator.

  •  (1) The owner or operator of a storage tank system must ensure that disposal of water that accumulates in the bottom of any tank of the system occurs in a manner such that there will be no immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment and the disposal will not constitute a danger to human life or health.

  • (2) The owner or operator of the storage tank system must keep a record of the quantity of any tank bottom water removed, the date of its removal, the name and address of the individual and, if applicable, the company removing it, the disposal method and the place where it was disposed of.

RELEASE REPORT

  •  (1) For the purposes of paragraph 212(1)(a) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the written report must contain the following information:

    • (a) the names of both the owner and the operator of the storage tank system;

    • (b) the identification number of the storage tank system;

    • (c) the date on which the spill, if any, occurred;

    • (d) each allied petroleum product or type of petroleum product that is the subject of the report;

    • (e) the quantity of each petroleum product or allied petroleum product that is the subject of the report or, if the quantity cannot be determined, an estimate of that quantity;

    • (f) a description of the circumstances of the spill, if any, and any mitigating measures taken; and

    • (g) a description of the measures taken following the spill, if any, to prevent a subsequent occurrence.

  • (2) In the event of a spill of less than 100 L of a petroleum product or an allied petroleum product, the report under paragraph 212(1)(a) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 is not required.

  • SOR/2012-99, s. 26.

WITHDRAWAL FROM SERVICE

 The owner or operator of a storage tank system may withdraw the system or any component of it from service

  • (a) temporarily, if the withdrawal lasts less than two years; or

  • (b) permanently.

TEMPORARY WITHDRAWAL FROM SERVICE

 The owner or operator of a storage tank system that temporarily withdraws the system or any component of it from service must keep a record of the date on which they withdrew the system or component from service and must ensure that

  • (a) if the system is equipped with a cathodic protection system, the cathodic protection system is maintained and operated during the withdrawal;

  • (b) if the system has either underground tanks, other than vertically-oriented underground tanks, or shop-fabricated aboveground tanks and the system or its component has been out of service for more than one year, those tanks are tested for leaks using a tank precision leak detection test in accordance with section 21 before the system or component is returned to service;

  • (c) if the system has field-erected aboveground tanks or vertically-oriented underground tanks and the system or its component has been out of service for more than one year, an inspection of the floor of those tanks using one of the following testing methods, namely, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, videographic or vacuum, is performed before the system or component is returned to service; and

  • (d) a label is affixed to the system’s fill pipe stating that the system is temporarily out of service.