/C O R R E C T I O N from Source -- Technical Standards and Safety Authority/

    In c4008 transmitted at 16:07e today, errors occured in paragraphs 3, 5
    and 6. Corrected copy follows:

    Sunrise Propane Incident Investigation

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Early Sunday morning on August 10, 2008, a
propane blast at the Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases facility hit Toronto's
north-west end, prompting the evacuation of local residents and an
investigation of incident cause under jurisdiction of the Office of the Fire
Marshall Ontario (OFM). Deepest sympathies go out to those impacted, as well
as families and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy. The Technical
Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) remains fully committed to working
closely with all its safety partners to ensure effective measures are in place
for the greater safety of the residents of Ontario with respect to the sectors
it regulates.
    Committed to public safety, and as the organization having responsibility
for the licensing of the site, TSSA is assisting the investigation,
cooperating with the OFM, Toronto Police Services, the City of Toronto and the
Province of Ontario.
    TSSA conducts fuel safety inspections of facilities of this nature at a
minimum on a three year basis; however, for appropriate vigilance, more
frequent inspections are undertaken where warranted. The Sunrise Propane site
was first inspected in 2005, prior to site operation, with the next regular
cyclical audit scheduled for the fall of 2008. TSSA undertook two additional
ad hoc inspections since 2005 to increase the level of vigilance: one in
November 2006 and another in May 2007. Operational issues were identified
requiring resolution and TSSA has been addressing the non-compliance(s)
through appropriate enforcement measures.
    Copies of inspection reports are accessible through TSSA's Public
Information Services at publicinformationservices@tssa.org or toll-free at
1-877-682-8772. TSSA cautions that no one should speculate based on the
results of its previous inspections as to what may or may not have caused the
    In particular, TSSA issued cease and desist orders related to technical
violations of the propane code including a hose hanging from a truck and also
took appropriate enforcement action related to a truck-to-truck transfer.
These orders, issued to Sunrise Propane, required them to stop these
non-compliant activities immediately.
    "While the national propane code allows truck-to-truck transfer," says
John Marshall, Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program, "the Province of
Ontario and TSSA, as its delegated administrative authority, prohibits
truck-to-truck transfer in the best interest of Ontarians and enhanced public
    TSSA additionally enforces more stringent requirements for populated
areas, regulated as 300 feet from the facility, not found in the national
    Of the 73 propane sites in Toronto, seven can be deemed comparable to
Sunrise. Relevant information related to the locations of these sites and all
others in Ontario are accessible through TSSA's web site.
    While incidents of this nature are rare, when they do occur TSSA takes
them very seriously. TSSA engages in thorough investigation, gathers evidence
and makes appropriate risk-informed decisions to continuously achieve enhanced
safety outcomes.

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such as fuels, amusement devices,
elevating devices, ski lifts, boilers and pressure vessels, operating
engineers, and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is
to be the world leader in public safety services.

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Dave Lisle, Director, Public
Relations and Communications, TSSA, Telephone: 1-877-682-8772; Email:
media@tssa.org; For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority, please visit www.tssa.org

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