The Petroleum Sector Stream Approach includes approximately 160 substances identified as priorities for action through the categorization process and that were set aside to be addressed in a sectoral approach. A large portion of high priority petroleum substances are used or manufactured during petroleum refining or bitumen / heavy crude oil upgrading activities.
Initial information gathering has allowed the triage of the approximately 160 Petroleum Sector Stream Approach Substances into 5 streams based on their production and uses:
Environment Canada and Health Canada have developed a plan that includes information gathering, assessment of the substances, and development of risk management instruments, if required.
In December 2006 the Government of Canada announced the Chemicals Management Plan. A key element of the Chemicals Management Plan is the Petroleum Sector Stream Approach which includes approximately 160 petroleum substances that are considered high priority to be addressed under a sectoral approach because of the following considerations:
Many of the 160 substances are expected to be limited to petroleum sector facility sites, meaning that they are:
Environment Canada and Health Canada have developed a plan that includes data collection, assessment of the substances, and development of risk management instruments, if required. The following schematic outlines these activities.
A first information gathering Notice was issued in March 2008 in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 142, No. 10 - March 8, 2008 that applied to 145 of the approximately 160 substances (data is already available for the others). This Notice applied to any person who, during the 2006 calendar year, owned or operated:
This exercise also identified which companies manufacture or acquire each substance, and obtained quantity ranges for these activities, in a tiered approach. Upon examination of information on their production and uses, the high priority petroleum substances were triaged into five streams:
A subsequent information gathering Notice was issued in July 2009 in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 143, No. 30 - July 25, 2009, that applied to 52 of the approximately 160 substances in the Petroleum Sector Stream Approach.
For those parts of the petroleum sector not subject to the Notices, research and voluntary submissions were used to collect this type of information and any other information required.
Information obtained through the section 71 survey Notices and other means has been compiled and analyzed in order to determine:
The results are being used to direct the path forward for the Petroleum Sector Stream Approach. If you have questions or comments, please contact us. Indicate on the envelope or subject line "CMP Petroleum Stream Inquiry".