Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Contaminated Sites

Marine Oily Waste Management

Nova Scotia is committed to the responsible management of marine oily waste management and recognizes that the development of guidelines and best practices are required to ensure efficient process are in place prior to a spill. Nova Scotia has experienced the impacts of marine source oil pollution and the challenges of effectively dealing with the waste generated ( Arrow/Kurdistan ProjectPDF Download Link (PDF:622k)).

While Transport Canada, Environment Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard are considered as having the lead jurisdictional role over the response and recovery to a marine oil spill, Nova Scotia Environment is the lead agency under the provincial Environment Act for any regulatory activities involving the onshore storage, treatment, or disposal of oily waste.

Nova Scotia partnered with the Government of Canada to conduct a study on marine oil spill response. The study was conducted in two parts:

  • Marine Oil Spill Waste Management Study (Part 1) – Public Works and Government Services Canada and Environment Canada
  • Marine Oil Spill Waste Study Part 2 – Nova Scotia Environment and Labour

The purpose of the two part study was to document the current status of oil spill preparedness within the Province with respect to marine oil spill waste management, cost recovery and associated worker health and safety issues. This study will be used to further assist in the future development of a strategy for improving the response capability within Nova Scotia.

After discussing the study findings with other provincial environment departments in the Atlantic Region, it was agreed that it would be beneficial to develop a comprehensive marine oily waste strategy for the Atlantic Region. Therefore, in 2008 at the request of the Atlantic Provinces, an Atlantic Regional Emergencies Team (REET) working group was established to evaluate the issue of marine oily waste management/disposal and to prepare a guidance document on Marine Oil Spill Waste Management for the Atlantic Region. The core working group consists of all four Atlantic Provinces, Environment Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. The group also receives participation from various response organizations and both the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and the Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board. The group also receives participation from various response organizations (ALERT, ECRC, Point Tupper Marine Services).

The objective of the guidance document is to develop common approaches, principles and technical guidelines for marine oily waste management for use by responsible parties, response organizations, and regulatory agencies with respect to marine oily waste requirements.