Tougher on Spill Reporting

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The state of Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is getting tougher on environmental spills of hazardous materials, diesel fuel and other regulated substances. In speaking with Jason Suggs, MDEQ State on Scene Coordinator, Spill Center has learned that now all spills, regardless of quantity, are reportable in the state. Spills are to be reported and cleaned up “immediately.” Fines will be assessed in the amount of $25,000 each day if not in compliance with the regulations.

Our friends further north, in Canada, are also changing the incident reporting requirements covered by Part 8 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations for incidents involving dangerous goods shipments. Transport Canada has changed the reporting requirements for releases or anticipated releases from a simple volume-based approach to a circumstantial or outcome-based reporting system that provides better information on incidents involving dangerous goods.

TC has developed a Guidebook for Reporting Dangerous Goods Incidents to assist carriers in transitioning to the new reporting requirements that complement and clarify the intent of the regulatory text.  Also provided is a standardized form that may be used to complete the 30-day follow up report.For details on the new regulations, visit the following website: http://cantruck.ca/amended-tdg-incident-reporting-requirements-in-canada/.

This information is presented as a service of Spill Center, the North American leader in environmental spill support and claims management. Learn more about Spill Center’s program for supporting businesses at risk for accidental spills of hazmat, diesel fuel and other regulated substances at our integrated website: www.spillcenter.com. Or email Tom Moses, Spill Center president and founder, at tmoses@spillcenter.com. Call him at 978-568-1922 x222 to discuss how the Spill Center program can work for your company.