Why are petroleum storage tank systems standards considered to be a priority for the Government of Canada?
Storage tank systems for petroleum products protect the environment by preventing petroleum product releases, both aboveground and underground. Environment Canada's (EC’s) Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations make reference to more than 50 standards, providing specifications for both the design and storage of all types of solvents and petroleum products above and below ground; for leak detection devices; and for spill-containment devices.
Of the more than 50 standards, EC, with input from SCC, determined that six of the standards —as listed below —are outdated and require updating to reflect new technologies, processes and specifications.
Which standards are being updated?
- 2012-36 ULC/ORD-C58.14 Nonvolumetric Leak Detection Devices for Underground Flammable Liquid Storage Tanks
- 2012-37 ULC/ORD C58.4 Double Containment Fibre Reinforced Plastic Linings for Flammable and Combustible Liquid Storage Tanks
- ULC/ORD-C58.12 Leak Detection Devices (Volumetric type) for Underground Flammable Liquid Storage Tanks
- 2012-39 ULC/ORD C142.5 Concrete Encased Steel Aboveground Tank Assemblies for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
- 2012-40 CAN/ULC S603 Standard for Steel Underground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
- 2012-41 ULC S615 Standard for Reinforced Plastic Underground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
How do the standards benefit Canadians?
The intent of the standards is to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater due to spills and leaks of petroleum products and allied petroleum products from federally regulated storage tank systems. The standards are also important for Canada’s trade and commerce.
Which key organizations are involved in the update?
- Environment Canada protects the environment, conserves the country's natural heritage and provides weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.
- ULC Standards will update the six standards. The organization develops and publishes standards and specifications for products having a bearing on fire, life safety and security, crime prevention, energy efficiency, environmental safety, security of assets and facilities, live working and workplace safety and other areas. ULC Standards is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada as a consensus-based standards development organization.
- The Standards Council of Canada provides funding to ensure that updated standards are available for government and industry use in Canada.