CANUSWEST: Annex I: A Plan for Response to Oil and Hazardous Material Spills Along the Inland Border Between British Columbia, Canada and the United States   [open pdf - 614KB]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada recognize that there is a high probability that there will be a spill or other release of oil or hazardous materials along the common border between Canada and the United States. In July of 1994 the Administrator of EPA and the Minister for the Department of Environment signed the Canada-United States Joint Inland Pollution Contingency Plan, which provides for co-operative measures for dealing with accidental and unauthorized releases of pollutants that cause or may cause damage to the environment along the shared inland boundary and that may constitute a threat to the public health, property or welfare. The Canada-United States Joint Inland Pollution Contingency Plan aims to provide an international coordination mechanism to ensure appropriate and effective cooperative preparedness, reporting, and response measures between Canada and the United States when a chemical accident occurs along the shared inland boundaries. The purpose of the plan is to specify the process, which would be used to activate federal government response on either side of the border, and to facilitate an effective joint response with state/provincial, local and where appropriate Tribal/Aboriginal people.

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