TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Ontario Propane Association announced today
it has withdrawn its Judicial Review application that was asking for a
court order declaring a new regulation affecting Ontario's propane
industry is ultra vires.
In December 2008, the Ministry of Consumer Services (MCS) announced new
regulations concerning the Ontario propane industry. These new
regulations, called O.Reg. 440/08, were amendments to an existing
regulation and arose from recommendations made to MCS by an Expert
Panel created following an explosion on August 10,2008, on a site
operated by Sunrise Propane in North York, Toronto. The Office of the
Fire Marshal recently concluded the Sunrise Propane incident was caused
by illegal activities at the site.
MCS and the Ontario Propane Association (OPA) have been in continuing
discussions concerning these new regulations, to make it easier for
small operators to comply. The regulation will affect the operations of
more than 1600 propane facilities across the province.
The government and OPA have agreed that OPA's current Judicial Review
application should now be ended to allow the government and OPA members
to focus on working together in good faith to resolve any remaining
implementation issues and any that may arise in the coming months.
'Our industry fully supports the need to ensure these facilities
continue to be operated safely," Gord Ellis, Interim Managing Director
of the OPA said. "We have worked very hard with Ontario government
officials to resolve many areas of concern we have with the regulation.
We appreciate the government's commitment to continue working with us
to resolve these concerns, and any others that may arise as this
regulation is implemented."
The OPA represents the interests of more than 250 propane retailers,
transporters, wholesales and suppliers to the industry.
SOURCE Ontario Propane Association
For further information:
OPA contact: Gord Ellis, Interim Managing Director, OPA - 289.291.3928