ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES (STREET) BY-LAW
The CRAIM had the opportunity to comment on the document “PRELIMINARY CONSULTATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY REGULATIONS. “You can download our submission to obtain CRAIM’s comments on the proposed amendments.
CRAIM also commented on the Gazette I version of the regulations. You can download our submission to obtain CRAIM’s comments on the proposed amendments.
LAND USE PLANNING
Aware of the risks to which the Quebec population is exposed, decision-makers and experts are increasingly faced with the obligation to position themselves on development projects that expose citizens to the risk of major industrial accidents, without being guided by clear land use planning rules. This situation gives rise to concern and unease about the acceptance of such projects. The CRAIM has been campaigning for several years for the development and implementation of a clear, rigorous process for the development of buffer zones. Here are a few documents on this subject:
Seminar devoted to the integration of industrial risks into land use planning. Organized by the Centre de sécurité civile de Montréal (CSC), the Association de sécurité civile du Québec (ASCQ) and the Conseil pour la réduction des accidents industriels majeurs (CRAIM), in collaboration with the Ministère de la Sécurité publique (MSP).
Press release issued following the various public reactions that followed the announcement of the start of construction work on new Canterm reservoirs.
SAFE MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
The Lake Megantic tragedy of July 6, 2015, brought to the forefront the reality of the presence of hazardous materials in our communities and the dangers associated with them. Public fears are high and calls for better controls are numerous, and rightly so. However, these substances are essential to our way of life and their complete elimination from our society is impossible in the foreseeable future. Following this observation, the ASCQ, CRAIM and RECO-Québec have joined forces to issue recommendations that would greatly improve the protection of the public and the environment from the risks posed by hazardous materials. These recommendations were the subject of several consultations during activities held on November 15, 2013 (webinar) and February 17, 2014 (during the annual fire and civil security symposium held in Quebec City). A number of written comments have also been received since the public version of the document was posted online on January 31, 2010, and most of them have been incorporated into this version.
REGULATION ON ALERT AND MOBILISATION PROCEDURES
The Council for the Reduction of Major Industrial Accidents (CRAIM) welcomes the Draft Regulation on Alert and Mobilization Procedures and Minimum Means of Assistance to Protect the Safety of Persons and Property in the Event of Disasters. This by-law will improve municipalities’ disaster preparedness and response capacity. However, in our opinion, the requirements set out in the draft regulation need to be better specified and framed to improve their effectiveness.