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Call for comments re Fuel Oil Code

Proposal includes requirement for double bottoms, double wall, or secondary containment with leak detection.


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July 9, 2015

The 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. The update will be through the adoption of the national code published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), CSA B139 Series-15, Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment.” It is proposed to 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 CAD is intended to increase the protection from spills, leaks, and fires from fuel oil, kerosene and diesel systems used in appliances such as boilers, furnaces, generators or fire pumps. 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.

This proposal has been posted for a 30 day public review and comment period starting July 8, 2015. Submit questions or comments by August 7, 2015 to: Stephen Hoyle, environmental coordinator, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (Ministry of Government and Consumer Services), 3300 Bloor St. W., Floor 14, Toronto, ON M8X 2X4, tel. 416.734.3444, 877.682.8772. Comments may also be submitted on-line. All comments received prior to August 07, 2015 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 012-4543.


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