A spill is a discharge of a pollutant that is abnormal in quantity or quality into the natural environment. A spill can pollute drinking water, streams, beaches, soil and can harm humans, fish and wildlife (ie. car leaking gas or oil, sewage overflow).
Although large spills are generally associated with the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sectors, a great number of smaller spills from residents are the result of improper disposal of hazardous materials.
In the event of a spill, the Ministry of the Environment Spills Action Centre (SAC) MUST be notified immediately by whoever witnesses or is the owner of the spill.
In order to assist SAC in responding to a spill promptly, you will need to provide the following information:
Once SAC has this information they will contact the appropriate authorities to be dispatched to assess the spill and determine whether further action is required.
The owner or control of the spill shall do everything practicable to:
As per Section 100 of the Environmental Protection Act and Section 446 of the Municipal Act, the Municipality has the right to compensation for all reasonable cost and expenses incurred for spill clean-up.
For more information on the Environmental Protection Act, please visit the Provincial E-laws website.
Any waste generated from a spill must be disposed of accordingly.
Waste generated from a spill must be removed by an Ontario Ministry of the Environment approved licensed hauler and disposed at a licensed waste facility capable of receiving that waste.
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