Hazardous Materials Incident
The responsibility to contain and clean up a hazmat spill rests
with those responsible for the spill. The EOC may provide advice and
monitor the situation to ensure that an adequate job is being done. If,
however, the spiller is unknown or is incapable of or unwilling to take
prompt action, the EOC will arrange for the work to be done with costs
to be recovered from the spiller or receiver of the dangerous goods.
The EOC will sanction the immediate containment and clean up of any spill
if there is a threat to life, property or the environment. Dangerous
goods are those substances detailed in Transport Canada’s Transportation
of Dangerous Goods Act.
Large volumes of identified hazardous materials product are shipped
by road due to the closure of Rail America freight service (in January
2002) on Vancouver Island in addition to those products that were already
transported by road. These identified products are shipped via transportation
corridors that run through residential and commercial areas.
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