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Solvent Degreasing Regulations (SOR/2003-283)

Regulations are current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2018-02-02. Previous Versions

Solvent Degreasing Regulations

SOR/2003-283

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Registration 2003-07-24

Solvent Degreasing Regulations

P.C. 2003-1145 2003-07-24

Whereas, pursuant to subsection 332(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999Footnote a, the Minister of the Environment published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 7, 2002, a copy of the proposed Solvent Degreasing Regulations, substantially in the form set out in the annexed Regulations, and persons were given an opportunity to file comments with respect to the proposed Regulations or to file a notice of objection requesting that a board of review be established and stating the reasons for the objection;

And whereas, pursuant to subsection 93(3) of that Act, the National Advisory Committee has been given an opportunity to provide its advice under section 6 of that Act;

And whereas, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, pursuant to subsection 93(4) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999Footnote a, the proposed Regulations do not regulate an aspect of a substance that is regulated by or under any other Act of Parliament in a manner that provides, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, sufficient protection to the environment and human health;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health, pursuant to subsection 93(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999Footnote a, hereby makes the annexed Solvent Degreasing Regulations.

Interpretation

 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.

cold degreaser

cold degreaser means equipment designed for using a solvent in its liquid form to remove soils from a substrate by spraying, brushing, flushing, agitating or immersing. (dégraisseur à froid)

consumption unit

consumption unit, with respect to a solvent, means each kilogram of the solvent that may be used in a degreasing process in excess of the threshold set out in column 3 of Schedule 1 and that has been issued by the Minister under section 4. (unité de consommation)

degreasing

degreasing means a physical process that uses solvents to remove soils from a substrate by dissolving or dispersing the soils. (dégraissage)

degreasing process

degreasing process means a process set out in column 2 of Schedule 1. (procédé de dégraissage)

reclaimed

reclaimed, with respect to a solvent, means recovered, reprocessed and upgraded through processes such as filtering, drying, distillation and chemical treatment to restore the solvent to a state that renders it reusable in a degreasing process. (régénéré)

recovered

recovered, with respect to a solvent, means collected after the solvent has been used, or collected from machinery, equipment or containers during servicing or before disposal of the machinery, equipment or container. (récupéré)

recycled

recycled, with respect to a solvent, means recovered and cleaned by a process such as filtering or drying for its reuse in a degreasing process. (recyclé)

residue

residue means any solid, liquid or sludge waste that is generated by a degreasing process. (résidus)

soils

soils includes uncured coatings, adhesives, inks and contaminants such as dirt, oil and grease. (salissures)

solvent

solvent means a substance set out in column 1 of Schedule 1. (solvant)

vapour degreaser

vapour degreaser means equipment designed for using a solvent in its vapour form to remove soils from a substrate by condensation of the vapour on the substrate. (dégraisseur à la vapeur)

waste management facility

waste management facility means a facility that is authorized under applicable laws to handle, recycle or dispose of solvents and residues. (installation de gestion des déchets)

year

year means a calendar year. (année)

Application

 These Regulations do not apply in respect of

  • (a) the dry cleaning of textile and apparel goods, rugs, furs, leathers and other similar articles, except in the course of their manufacture; and

  • (b) the use of a continuous scouring machine in a textile mill.

Prohibition

  •  (1) No person shall, in a given year, use a solvent set out in column 1 of Schedule 1 in a degreasing process set out in column 2 in a quantity that exceeds the threshold set out in column 3 on or after the date set out in column 4 unless, for each kilogram of solvent that exceeds the threshold, the person has a consumption unit issued by the Minister under subsection 4(1) or transferred under section 6.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), in a determination of the quantity of a solvent used in a degreaser, only the amount of solvent that is added to the equipment shall be considered used.

  • (3) In a determination of the quantity of a solvent used in a degreasing process, the amount of the solvent that has been reclaimed or recycled on site and reused at that site by the person in the same degreasing process shall not be counted.

Issuance of Consumption Units

  •  (1) The Minister shall, on request, issue consumption units to a person for a given solvent and a specific degreasing process for the year beginning on the date set out in column 4 of Schedule 1 or for any subsequent year, if the following conditions are met:

    • (a) the person has used the solvent in that process in the year immediately preceding that date;

    • (b) the request was submitted to the Minister before October 1 of the year preceding that date;

    • (c) the request is made on a form provided by the Minister and contains the information specified in Schedule 2 for each of the years relied on to establish the person’s average annual consumption under subsection (4);

    • (d) at the time of submitting the request, the person had documentary evidence to support the information referred to in paragraph (c); and

    • (e) the person has been informed in writing by the Minister of their average annual consumption.

  • (2) The person’s consumption units for a year are equal to the person’s average annual consumption determined in accordance with subsection (4), multiplied by the percentage set out in column 4 of Schedule 3, less the threshold set out in column 3 of Schedule 1, less any consumption unit retired under section 5.

  • (3) If the calculation in subsection (2) results in a number that

    • (a) is zero or less than zero, no consumption units are issued to the person; or

    • (b) is not a whole number, the units are rounded to the nearest whole number or, if the result is equidistant from two whole numbers, to the higher of them.

  • (4) A person’s average annual consumption in respect of a solvent used in a specific degreasing process is established as follows:

    • (a) if the person used the solvent in that process in the last year of the period set out column 5 of Schedule 1 but not in the preceding year, the average annual consumption is the quantity of the solvent used by the person during that year;

    • (b) if the person used the solvent in that process in the last two years of the period set out in column 5 of Schedule 1 but not in the year prior to those two years, the annual consumption is the average quantity of the solvent used by the person during each of those two years;

    • (c) if the person used the solvent in that process in the last three years of the period set out in column 5 of Schedule 1 but not in the year prior to those three years, the annual consumption is the average quantity of the solvent used by the person during each of those three years; and

    • (d) if the person used the solvent in that process in earlier years of the period set out in column 5 of Schedule 1, in addition to the last three years of that period, the annual consumption is the average quantity of the solvent used by the person during each of three consecutive years that the person chooses from that period and identifies in the request.

  • (5) Following a person’s request, the Minister shall inform the person in writing, of their average annual consumption.

  • (6) The Minister shall inform the person in writing of the number of consumption units issued to that person before the beginning of the year for which the Minister issues the units.

  • (7) Consumption units are valid only for the year for which they are issued.

  • SOR/2011-301, s. 1(F)

Retirement of Consumption Units

  •  (1) If a person wishes to retire a consumption unit, the person shall submit to the Minister the information specified in Schedule 4 on a form provided by the Minister.

  • (2) A consumption unit that is retired shall not be reissued.

Transfer of Consumption Units

  •  (1) A person may transfer unexpended consumption units to another person for use in the same year and in the same degreasing process for which the consumption units were issued.

  • (2) A person shall not transfer consumption units until they have been informed in writing that the Minister allows the transfer under subsection (4).

  • (3) The transferor and transferee shall jointly apply for the transfer of consumption units and shall submit to the Minister the information specified in Schedule 5 on a form provided by the Minister.

  • (4) The Minister shall allow a transfer, and shall so inform the transferor and transferee in writing, if

    • (a) the transferor has an unexpended consumption unit for each consumption unit of the proposed transfer; and

    • (b) the transferee undertakes to use each transferred consumption unit in the same year and in the same degreasing process for which the transferor’s consumption unit was issued.

  • (5) If the Minister discovers that the transferor did not have the unexpended consumption unit referred to in paragraph (4)(a) or that the transferee breached the undertaking referred to in paragraph (4)(b), the Minister shall cancel the transfer and transfer back to the transferor the consumption units unused by the transferee.

Reporting and Record Keeping — Consumption

 Every person who has a consumption unit shall

  • (a) submit a report to the Minister containing the information specified in Schedule 6 on a form provided by the Minister, no later than 30 days after the end of the year to which the consumption unit applies; and

  • (b) keep a copy of the report and any documents, including shipping records, supporting the information provided to the Minister or showing quantities of solvent purchased, returned or transferred, or sent to a waste management facility, at the location where the solvent is being used, for a period of five years after the end of the year in respect of which the report is made.

 
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