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Canada | Proposed Regulations for Reducing Environmental and Health Risks: Control of Volatile Organic Compounds in Petroleum Liquid Storage and Loading Facilities

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The proposed Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Regulations aims to address environmental and health risks posed by VOC emissions during the storage and loading of petroleum liquids in Canada. Existing voluntary and mandatory measures lack national consistency and fail to adequately mitigate risks, especially concerning carcinogenic VOCs like benzene. The proposed regulations mandate emissions control equipment, inspection, maintenance, and reporting for petroleum liquid storage and loading facilities, ensuring nationwide protection. The estimated net benefit of $337 million over 2024–2045 reflects improvements in human health, the environment, and business outcomes. The proposed regulations also aim to harmonize with existing jurisdictional requirements.


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