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The times – they are a’changin’.

Every day, liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) and flammable liquids are hauled by road and rail. And, with the forecasted increase in volumes of these products transported, as well as the state of pipeline growth in Canada, this fact will hold true well in to the future.

This also means that government regulations around the transport of these products continue to evolve, and that shippers and carriers’ responsibilities for emergency preparedness and response will shift accordingly.

Where it all started
Government regulations around the transport of dangerous goods ramped up in 2013, after the Lac- Mégantic rail disaster. For example, after this incident, Transport Canada required rail shippers to have an emergency response assistance plan (ERAP) for flammable liquids, in addition to LPG and other dangerous goods.

One additional significant difference from past regulations is that, with this change, Transport Canada is proposing that all ERAP holders are able to provide firefighting technical advice by phone and at the scene, and firefighting foam and equipment to support the first responders on scene as needed. In addition, Transport Canada has indicated that it may require flammable liquid rail firefighting capability to be provided by the ERAP holder. This is shifting the onus of emergency response from mainly community first responders to a more significant role for shippers of these dangerous goods.

 

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