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The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is proposing to update the safety requirements governing the storage, handling, and utilization of fuel oil, diesel and kerosene. Leaks and spills of petroleum products continue to be major sources of environmental contamination. The update will be through a regulation, adopting the national code recently published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), CSA B139 Series-15, Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment.” The new Code would replace the current CSA-B39ON-06, “Ontario Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment,” with the new CSA B139 Series-15 as adopted and revised by the TSSA Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document (CAD), 2015.

The proposed changes in the draft Fuel Oil CAD include:

• requirements for indoor fuel supply tanks and recognition of double wall tanks and fire protection systems

• requirements for all tanks to be installed with double bottoms, double wall, or secondary containment with a  leak detection system

• requirements for anti-siphon means to reduce leaks from piping failures

• requirements for high pressure piping

• requirements for improved tank foundations for residential tanks to prevent tanks from toppling over, and

• new approval requirements for more complicated transfer and leak detection systems.

The improved tank standards would apply to new installations.

The proposal is posted on the Environmental Registry as EBR Registry Number:  012-4543, and comments are invited until August 7.

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