Tarping and Sealing Contaminated Waste Containers

Res #: 10-18M
Number: 10
Year: 2018
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

WHEREAS dealing with contaminated waste is a necessity with the oil and gas activity in southern Saskatchewan;

WHEREAS there are strict regulations as to how this contaminated waste is to be properly disposed of, which entails the hauling of the contaminated materials by truck over great distances and possibly through many municipalities to a licensed disposal facility, which has been designed, approved and is monitored by the provincial government to handle such waste;

WHEREAS currently there is no legislation forcing these trucking companies to tarp their trailers and ensure that their end gates are sealed while in transport to and from a disposal facility, which raises health and environmental concerns with the potential of further contamination;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to make tarping and sealing of vessels containing contaminated waste mandatory while in transport to and from waste disposal facilities to reduce the risk for further environmental contamination.

View response from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

October 6, 2022

The ministry is currently preparing a thorough review of The Security of Load Regulations. We anticipate the review will be completed and in effect for the fall 2023. As we advance through the review process, we look forward to consulting with SARM. 

The ministry is keenly interested in ensuring Saskatchewan’s public highways are free of debris and contaminants. 

The Honourable Jeremy Cockrill – Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure