Two protective directions issued under Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act


Two protective directions issued under Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act Canada Federal

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Published : Nov 23, 2013 – Effective : October 20, 2013 00:00

Two protective directions have recently been issued by Transport Canada.

On October 17, 2013, Transport Canada issued Protective Direction No. 31 (the “Direction”) pursuant to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 (SC1992,c34), s.32.  This Direction imposes testing obligations on those who import or offer to import crude oil for transport.  The testing obligation would be to test the crude oil to determine its’ classification.  These tests must be submitted to Transport Canada, on demand.  If it is found that a person is importing or offering for transport either UN 1267 or UN 1993 crude oil, then that person must immediately provide an SDS for the transported product.  Additionally,  the test must be submitted to the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC).  Finally, any crude oil transported under those two UN entries must be carried as a Class 3, Liquid Packing Group I cargo.

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The second protective direction, issued on November 20, 2013, concerns the transport of dangerous goods which pass through municipalities. The Direction requires that Canadian railway companies, which are classified as Class One and which are transporting dangerous goods, to provide municipalities with yearly aggregate information.  This information must be presented on a quarterly basis and it must include information on the nature and volume transported through the municipality. It also requires railway companies to inform municipalities when significant changes have been made to the submitted information. Other transporters of dangerous goods by rail, but who are not a Canadian Class 1 railway company themselves, must also notify relevant municipalities with the same yearly information.

The Direction is effective until November 20, 2016 or until cancelled by the Minister.

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The Direction is effective immediately

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