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Government of Canada Enhances Safety in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 > 10:56:47

(Via I.E. Canada)

To enhance safety and security in the transport of dangerous goods, 's Transport Minister, John Baird, today [Monday] tabled amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.

"Our government continues to take action to ensure the safety and security of Canadians whenever dangerous goods are imported, handled or transported in
," said Minister Baird. "These amendments will also maintain trade and market access to further economic prosperity."

"Our government has a responsibility to protect its citizens' safety," added Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan. "We are keeping our commitment to Canadians by bringing forward the necessary enhancements to keep them safe."

The proposed amendments would introduce the following enhancements to public safety:
• reinforce the existing Emergency Response Assistance Program, which requires emergency response assistance plans to be in place should incidents occur involving dangerous goods;
• require security training and screening of personnel working with dangerous goods;
• enable the drafting of regulations requiring that dangerous goods be tracked during transport and that incidents involving loss or theft be reported;
• enable the use of security measures and interim orders, in accordance with the Public Safety Act and other legislation;
• enable the development of a program to require transportation security clearances for dangerous goods; and
• amend the definition of an importer to Canada, to clarify who is subject to the requirements of the Act and its regulations for transporting dangerous goods.

The updated Act would remain focused on the prevention of incidents when dangerous goods are handled, transported and imported. Following the coming into force of the amended legislation, the Government of Canada would continue connsultations with the public, industry, first responders, and provincial and territorial governments, as Transport
develops regulations to support its new authorities under the Act.

A backgrounder with further information is at http://www.tc.gc.ca/mediaroom/releases/nat/2009/09-h025e.htm#bg




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