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New B.C. spill regulations seek to protect environment

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 12:06 PM | By Jeff Buckstein

British Columbia has moved to strengthen its protection of the environment with three new regulations that recently went into force.

The province’s Spill Reporting Regulation, Spill Contingency Planning Regulation and Spill Preparedness, Response and Recovery Regulation collectively tighten the threshold for reporting spills, require more detailed reports at increased intervals and the development and testing of spill contingency plans, among other modifications.

“These changes put British Columbia at the forefront of spill preparedness and response,” said David Bursey, a partner and co-head of Aboriginal law with Bennett...