New Policy Improves Clean Up of Home Oil Spills

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

December 13, 2002 1:42 PM

The province has established a new policy that will ensure all
domestic oil spills are cleaned up in a consistent manner by
qualified contractors and site professionals.

The policy will require all contractors to be registered, trained
and certified by the Nova Scotia Environmental Industry
Association starting Jan. 1, 2003. In addition, site
professionals who are already qualified will also be required to
register through the association.

Up to now, if a homeowner had a spill, they had to follow the
same process that a company would follow for a large commercial
incident. This would involve hiring a consulting firm to oversee
the cleanup, which adds time and expense to the project. The new
policy improves the process for homeowners by certifying
contractors to manage the entire cleanup in certain instances.

For information on the certification and registration process, or
to get a copy of the policy, visit the association's Web site, at
www.nseia.ns.ca .


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     Starting January 1st, contractors that clean up domestic oil

spills will have to be registered, trained and certified by the

Nova Scotia Environmental Industry Association.

     The new provincial policy is an improvement for homeowners,

who will no longer be required to hire a consulting firm to

manage a cleanup in certain instances.

     More information on the certification and registration

process, and a copy of the policy, is available on the

association's Web site (www.nseia.ns.ca).

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Contact: Rick Joseph
         Nova Scotia Environmental Industry Association
         902-463-3538

         Valerie Bellefontaine
         Environment and Labour
         902-424-2575
         E-mail: bellefva@gov.ns.ca

kjd         December 13, 2002        1:41 P.M.