Ontario Propane Association Withdraws Legal Challenge to New Propane Safety Requirements

TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Ontario Propane Association announced today it has withdrawn its Judicial Review application that was asking for a court order declaring a new regulation affecting Ontario's propane industry is ultra vires.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

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