GREENSTONE GOLD MINES GP INC - Approval for variance from the Liquid Fuels Handling Code

Instrument type: Approval for variance from the Liquid Fuels Handling Code

ERO number
019-5337
Ministry reference number
WO 8096655
Notice type
Instrument
Act
Technical Standards & Safety Act, 2000
Posted by
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
April 6, 2022 - May 6, 2022 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
April 6, 2022
to May 6, 2022

Decision summary

The variance is approved

Location details

Site address

8000 HWY 11
GERALDTON, ON
P0T 1M0
Canada

Site location details

Private Fuel Outlet

Proponent(s)

GREENSTONE GOLD MINES GP INC
8000 HWY 11
GERALDTON, ON
P0T 1M0
Canada

Decision details

GREENSTONE GOLD MINES may use: 

  1. Unapproved nozzle - FloMAX FNBL
  2. Unapproved hose - Continental Plicord ExtremeFlex 11/2"

Comments received

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Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Address

345 Carlingview Drive
Toronto, ON
M9W 6N9
Canada

Office phone number

Appeal

This instrument decision can be appealed. You have 15 days from May 11, 2022 to begin the appeal process.

Carefully review the information below to learn more about the appeal process.

How to appealClick to Expand Accordion

If you’re an Ontario resident, you can start the process to appeal this instrument decision.

First, you’ll need to seek leave (i.e. get permission) from the relevant appellate body to appeal the decision.

If the appellate body grants leave, the appeal itself will follow.

Seek leave to appeal

To seek leave to appeal, you need to do these three things:

  1. prepare your application
  2. provide notice to the minister
  3. mail your application to three parties

1. Prepare your application

You’ll need to prepare an application. You may wish to include the following things in your application:

  1. A document that includes:
    • your name, phone number, fax number (if any), and/or email address
    • the ERO number and ministry reference number (located on this page)
    • a statement about whether you are a resident in Ontario
    • your interest in the decision, and any facts you want taken into account in deciding whether you have an interest in the decision
    • the parts of the instrument that you’re challenging
    • whether the decision could result in significant harm to the environment
    • the reason(s) why you believe that no reasonable person – having regard to the relevant law and to any government policies developed to guide decisions of that kind – could have made the decision
    • the grounds (facts) you’ll be using to appeal
    • the outcome you’d like to see
  2. A copy of the instrument (approval, permit, order) that you you are seeking leave to appeal. You’ll find this in the decision notice on the Environmental Registry
  3. Copies of all supporting documents, facts and evidence that you’ll be using to appeal
What is considered

The appeal body will consider the following two questions in deciding whether to grant you leave to appeal:

  1. is there is good reason to believe that no reasonable person, with respect to the relevant law and to any government policies developed to guide decisions of that kind, could have made the decision?
  2. could the decision you wish to appeal result in significant harm to the environment?

2. Provide your notice

You’ll need to provide notice to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that you’re seeking leave to appeal.

In your notice, please include a brief description of the:

  • decision that you wish to appeal
  • grounds for granting leave to appeal

You can provide notice by email at minister.mecp@ontario.ca or by mail at:

College Park 5th Floor, 777 Bay St.
Toronto, ON 
M7A 2J3

3. Mail your application

You’ll need to mail your application that you prepared in step #1 to each of these three parties:

  • appellate body
  • issuing authority (the ministry official who issued the instrument)
  • proponent (the company or individual to whom the instrument was issued)


Proponent(s)

GREENSTONE GOLD MINES GP INC
8000 HWY 11
GERALDTON, ON
P0T 1M0
Canada


Appellate body

The Registrar
Divisional Court (Toronto Region)
130 Queen Street West
Osgoode Hall - Room 174
Toronto 
M5H 2N5 
Phone: (416) 327-5100 
Fax: (416) 327-5549


Include the following:

ERO number
019-5337
Ministry reference number
WO 8096655

This is not legal advice. Please refer to the Environmental Bill of Rights for exact legal requirements. Consult a lawyer if you need help with the appeal process.

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-5337
Ministry reference number
WO 8096655
Notice type
Instrument
Act
Technical Standards & Safety Act, 2000
Posted by
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
Proposal posted

Comment period

April 6, 2022 - May 6, 2022 (30 days)

Proposal details

Liquid Fuels Handling Code (LFHC) Requirements that Would Not be Met:

1.3.1. Equipment installed at a facility or on a highway tank shall be approved and installed in accordance with the requirements of this Code and the manufacturer’s instructions, and shall be appropriate for the service for which it is intended.

 

Why the Code Would Not be Met

  1. An approved nozzle for mining and industrial applications does not exist.

 

The FloMAX FNBL is a specialized fuel nozzle designed for use in mining and other industrial applications. This nozzle is designed to fill diesel fuel tanks on equipment such as haul trucks, loaders, excavators and other construction equipment. There are several key differences between this nozzle and typical CAN/ULCS620-approved nozzles used at retail fuel stations:

  • The FNBL nozzle has specifically been designed for and used in the harsh environment typical in mining and heavy construction operations.
  • This nozzle has been designed to transfer fuel at higher flow rates (682 LPM) than typical retail nozzles and is required to fill the large fuel tanks found on this construction equipment in a timely manner.
  • This nozzle fills the equipment tank through a special receiver fitting on the bottom of the equipment’s fuel tank instead of “splash filling” from the top of the tank:
    • This increases operator safety by moving the filling point to ground level, eliminating the need to use ladders or scaffolds to access the fill point.
    • The nozzle design includes a pressure sensing spring which works with either a pressurized or nonpressurized tank vent and valve system to shut off the nozzle when the tank is filled.
    • The nozzle and receiver both incorporate a drydisconnect design to nearly eliminate any product loss.
    • The nozzle securely attaches to the receiver fitting which prevents the possibility of the nozzle inadvertently becoming disconnected from the equipment tank while filling.
    • The nozzle is designed with an interlock that will not allow fluid to flow unless it is connected to the receiver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. An approved 11/2” diameter hose does not exist.

A 11/2” Continental Plicord ExtremeFlex petroleum transfer hose would be used as the diesel fuel dispensing hose, in conjunction with the Flomax 11/2” FNBL nozzle for medium flow dispensing into heavy equipment.

  • A ULCS612-approved hose larger than 1” is not available from any manufacturers that Fireball Equipment Ltd (Greenstone Gold Mines’ vendor) could find.
  • The Flomax FNBL nozzle required to fill the heavy equipment requires a 11/2” hose connection to provide the required fill rates (~400 L/min) for the larger tanks included in this heavy equipment. A 1” hose could not be used with these flow rates. The velocity in a 1” hose would exceed the 7 m/s requirement provided by the NFPA 77 “Recommended Practice on Static Electricity”.
  • The 11/2” Continental Plicord ExtremeFlex petroleum transfer hose has been in service at medium flow diesel dispensing stations installed by Fireball Equipment Ltd on active mine sites for more than 5 years with no reported concerns.

 

Safety Assessment

  1. In a letter dated August 8, 2021, sealed by A.S. Gendre, P.Eng., Gendre confirms that the FloMAX FNBL diesel fuel nozzle meets and exceeds the requirements and safety objectives listed in the CAN/ULCS620:2016 – “Standard for hose nozzle valves for flammable and combustible liquids” – and supports the variance.

 

  1. In a letter dated March 1, 2022, sealed by A.S. Gendre, P.Eng., Gendre confirms that the Continental Plicord Extremeflex hose meets the safety objectives of the requirements listed in the ANSI/CAN/UL 330 – “Hose and Hose Assemblies for Dispensing Flammable and Combustible Liquids” – for use in the medium flow diesel dispensing application at the Greenstone Gold Mine site.

TSSA assesses that there is likely to be no environmental impact should these variances be granted.

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 April 6, 2022
to May 6, 2022

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Contact

Marek Kulik

Phone number
Email address
Office
Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Address

345 Carlingview Drive
Toronto, ON
M9W 6N9
Canada

Office phone number