New Interim Disposal Program for Expired Marine Flares

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

May 16, 2003 2:52 PM

As boaters and mariners prepare for the 2003 boating season, a
new program is available for the safe management of their expired
marine flares.

Recreational boaters and mariners are asked to drop off expired
marine flares at their nearest RCMP detachment or Canadian Coast
Guard base. The disposal program, free of charge for boaters, was
developed to protect public health, safety and the environment in
Nova Scotia.

"Nova Scotians are world leaders in waste-resource management.
This is another area where we are taking responsibility for the
products we use," said Barry Friesen, solid-waste resource
manager of Environment and Labour.

Marine flares, otherwise known as "pyrotechnic distress signals"
are required on all small vessels. After their four-year expiry
date, they are considered potentially unsafe for use, and must be
carefully discarded.

Flares are explosives and pose certain hazards. Marine flares
that end up in landfills or washed up on shorelines can cause
injuries, and improper storage may result in fires.

"Unmanaged flare disposal can cause serious environmental and
public safety problems. Last year, a residential fire, resulting
in over $75,000 in estimated damage was caused by an old flare,"
said Jamie Briggs, an RCMP explosives technician.

The Disposal Program for Expired Marine Flares was developed in
partnership by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and
Labour, the RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard, and C-I-L/ORION, a
Canadian flare manufacturer and distributor. It is designed as an
interim measure to safely manage expired marine flares for
recreational boaters and small commercial vessel operators.
Large, bulk disposal from commercial outlets must continue to be
arranged through private disposal.

"We are very pleased that a member of industry has stepped
forward to work with us on this important program," said Sandra
Inglis of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Expired flares will be shipped to C-I-L/ORION in Quebec, for safe
disposal. The company is taking part in this program voluntarily.

Information on this program is available at the Canadian Coast
Guard, Office of Boating Safety in Dartmouth or by calling 1-888-
670-0771 or 902-426-6362.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Recreational boaters and mariners can now dispose of expired

marine flares by simply taking them to their local RCMP

detachment or Coast Guard base.

      The distress signals are required on all small vessels. But

after their four-year expiry date marine flares are considered

potentially unsafe.

      The new disposal program was developed by the provincial

Department of Environment and Labour, the RCMP, the Coast Guard

and C-I-L/ORION, a Canadian flare manufacturer and distributor,

to protect the public and the environment.

     The disposal program is free of charge for recreational

boaters and small commercial vessel operators.

-30-

Contact: Sandra Inglis
         Canadian Coast Guard, Maritimes Region
         902-426-2292

         Barry Friesen
         Environment and Labour
         902-497-4664
         E-mail: friebk@gov.ns.ca

kjd         May 16, 2003        2:49 P.M.