Liquid Fuels Code Adoption Document (CAD) amendment FS-235-18

ERO number
013-3563
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Technical Standards & Safety Act, 2000
Posted by
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
Notice stage
Decision Updated
Decision posted
Comment period
August 16, 2018 - October 15, 2018 (60 days) Closed

Update Announcement

This consultation was originally posted to the old Environmental Registry. The proposal and decision posting dates reflect when the notice opened for public consultation and when a decision was made.

February 6, 2019

This consultation was open from:
August 16, 2018
to October 15, 2018

Decision summary

The Code Adoption Document (CAD) amendment will be signed by the director and posted on the TSSA website.  The effective date will be December 1, 2018.

Decision details

Public Consultation on the proposal for this decision was provided for 60 Days, from August 16, 2018 to October 15, 2018.

As a result of public consultation on the proposal, the Ministry received a total of 1 comments: 0 comments were received in writing and 1 were received online.

Additionally, a copy of all comments are available for public viewing by contacting the Contact person listed in this notice.

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2

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Effects of consultation

The comment was reviewed. As stated in the description, most of the changes are editorial. Another upgrade course is not required.

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Original proposal

ERO number
013-3563
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Technical Standards & Safety Act, 2000
Posted by
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
Proposal posted

Comment period

August 16, 2018 - October 15, 2018 (60 days)

Proposal details

Background

The Fuels Safety Program, in consultation with industry stakeholders through the Liquid Fuels Risk Reduction Group (RRG), has developed proposals to update the CAD. Most of the proposed amendments are editorial changes that have been brought to light both by TSSA and by industry since the last CAD amendment was published in June, 2017. Other changes are clarifications or a relaxation of existing requirements.

Proposed CAD Amendments

Harmonized Tank Record-keeping Requirements

Section 1.2.4: Records required by the Liquid Fuels Handling Code (LFHC) will now be required for seven years for the facility or equipment to which they relate. The previous provision in the CAD required that records be kept for the life of the facility or equipment. The seven-year requirement will harmonize the CAD with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Environmental Code of Practice for Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum and Allied Petroleum Products record-keeping requirements (s. 8.11). The seven-year requirement is also consistent with other record-keeping requirements, i.e. Canada Revenue Agency.

The one exception to this amendment relates to large vertical aboveground storage tanks designed to American Petroleum Institute (API) and S601 (formerly S630) standards set out in section 3.2.2. Owners of these tanks are to keep the two most recent inspection records on file because the operational lives of these tanks typically exceed 20 years.

Editorial Clarification on Standards Referenced

Sections 3.2.2.1 and 3.2.2.2 add the word “formerly” in reference to the withdrawn ULC-S630 (Standard for Shop Fabricated Steel Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids) to make it clearer to users of the 2017 LFHC that these sections apply to grandfathered S630 tanks as well as new tanks built to the vertical tank section of the superseding standard, CAN/ULC-S601-14 (Standard for Shop Fabricated Steel Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids). Sections 3.2.2.1 and 3.2.2.2 relate to in-service external inspection at intervals not exceeding five years and inspections of API Std 650 tanks that do not have double bottoms.

Additional Requirements for Cleaning CAN/ULC-S601 or API 650 Tanks

TSSA recognizes that in-field tank installation of API and ULC tanks – large aboveground tanks – requires special training that Petroleum Mechanic-3s (PM-3s) -- persons who may, without supervision, install, remove, alter, repair, test, service and maintain any type of aboveground installation – do not have. However, since TSSA cannot waive the requirements of the regulation to have a certificate holder install equipment, requiring a PM-3 to supervise the process seems to be the most reasonable and practical way to comply with the intent of the regulations. Thus, operators shall ensure that the persons installing or maintaining these tanks have the appropriate qualifications, certifications and required training for the job. The request for clarification of this requirement came from industry. OPCA fully supports the clarification.

Correction of Table Reference

Section 4.3.1.7(e) pertaining to vent pipe compliance with distances incorrectly referred to Table 3. The section is amended to refer to the correct table, namely Table 2.

Consolidation of References to Prohibitions in Additional Section of the LFHC

Section 5.5.9 requires marinas to post signage concerning fuel attendants onboard a watercraft during refueling, engine shut-off during refueling and engine start-up. The manner in which Section 5.5.9 is currently written it could be read to suggest that a marina owner has only to post the signage, but not comply with it. This editorial amendment lists these requirements in section 6.1.5 “Dispensing Operations” so that all relevant marina dispensing requirements – signage posting and compliance – are listed in one section for ease of reference.

Time to Comply Added to Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Section 5.8.10 only required that a fire extinguisher rated at 40B:C should be readily available “during fueling.” Section 5.8.10 now adds the words “within one year of the effective date of this code” a fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 40B:C shall be readily available for use during fueling to harmonize with clauses 6.9.1 and 9.3.7, which allow one year to upgrade the fire extinguisher to 40B:C. The requirement for a fire extinguisher rated at 40B:C is consistent with requirements in the the Ontario Fire Code and the National Fire Code of Canada.

Explanatory Background Added to Leak Detection and Monitoring of Aboveground Storage Tanks

To provide clear instructions on how to properly monitor an aboveground storage tank, the words “or doublebottom” are added. Currently the LFHC only references the interstitial space between the two tanks be monitored to detect leaks, but a double-bottom is different from an interstitial space. This editorial change makes that distinction for clarity. Since these tanks are constructed of the thinnest steel that is permissible in accordance with minimum standards, the end-user should be made aware that the double-bottom space must be monitored, and water removed.

Editorial Change to Clarify Exemption

The dispenser exemption applying to section 8.2.4 in the 2017 LFHC – exempting environmental assessments where a dispenser is being replaced or upgraded and no excavation is taking place – should also apply to aboveground tanks referenced in clauses 8.2.6 and 8.2.8.

Compliance Costs

There are no new or significant compliance costs associated with the amendments to the CAD as the changes are either editorial in nature, clarification of existing requirements or a relaxation of current requirements.

Stakeholder Outreach

These amendments were developed in consultation with the Liquid Fuels Risk Reduction Group (RRG). The RRG is composed of representatives from the following stakeholders:

  • Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal
  • Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada
  • Canadian Fuels Association
  • Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association
  • Ontario Petroleum Contractors' Association
  • Equipment manufacturers (i.e. OPW)
  • Engineering firms (e.g. J&B Engineering,)
  • Precision leak detection firms (i.e. Cantest Solutions)

The CAD amendments will be posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) registry for a public notification period of 60 days. The public notification period will serve as an opportunity for input from a wider number of stakeholders.

Regulatory Impact Statement:

Most of the proposed amendments are editorial changes that have been brought to light both by TSSA and by industry since the last CAD amendment was published in June, 2017. Other changes are clarifications or a relaxation of existing requirements.

Supporting materials

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Some supporting materials may not be available online. If this is the case, you can request to view the materials in person.

Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Address

345 Carlingview Drive
Toronto ON M9W 6N9
Canada

Office phone number

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from August 16, 2018
to October 15, 2018

Connect with us

Contact

Ann-Marie Barker

Phone number
Email address
Office
Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Address

345 Carlingview Drive
Toronto ON M9W 6N9
Canada

Office phone number