Dr. Carl E. Brown, ESTD:
Emergency Response Support for the Burnaby, BC Oil Pipeline Spill
- The Emergencies Science and Technology Division (ESTD) at the Environmental
Science and Technology Centre (ESTC) has been providing scientific and operational
support in response to the July 24th oil pipeline spill in Burnaby, B.C.
Patrick Lambert, Head, Field and Response Section, ESTD, was working in the
EC PYR regional office in Vancouver as the acting Regional Environmental
Emergency Coordinator (REEC) at the time of the spill.
- Since the first notification of the spill, Mr. Lambert has been coordinating
the PYR response to the spill, sitting as the lead EC representative on the Regional
Environmental Emergency Team (REET) and Environment Unit.
- The REET was developed after the 1970 Arrow spill and is made up of
federal, provincial and municipal government agencies responsible for
environmental protection, as well as experts from industry and non-government
associations. During major environmental emergencies, REET members provide
advice through an integrated mechanism that addresses environmental
protection priorities, environmental damage assessment, clean-up measures
and waste disposal.
- The Environmental Unit is directly connected to the incident’s Unified Command.
Gary Sergy, Senior Scientific Advisor, ESTD, has been on scene in Burnaby since
July 26th providing scientific advice and expertise on shoreline assessment and
cleanup options. Mr. Sergy is a recognized world expert in the documentation and
description of oiled shorelines and has developed field guides and manuals for use
by Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams (SCAT) in Canada and abroad.
- Several other ESTD staff members (Benjamin Fieldhouse, Natalie Jones, Michael
Goldthorp, Bruce Hollebone, Carl Brown) have provided scientific information and
advice on the fate and effects of spilled crude oil and possible oil spill
response countermeasures. Trajectory modeling was also undertaken and
results delivered to the EC regional office.
The Minister at the site of the spill
Richard Turle, AAQD:
Installation of a New GC-HRMS System for Ultra-trace Dioxin and nitro-PAH Monitoring
- A new gas chromatography - high resolution mass spectrometer (GC-HRMS) system from
Thermo Fisher Scientific was recently acquired and installed in our renovated Mass
- This instrument is a double focusing mass spectrometer (DFS) which means it has both
electrical and magnetic sector focusing of the ions. This acquisition replaces a 14 year
old VG AutoSpec system.
- The opportunity was taken to renovate the laboratory to install new devices for
air handling, air purification, electrical wiring and sound insulation. This DFS
will be used to support several pollution monitoring programs (e.g., National Air
Pollution Surveillance Network) for dioxins and nitro-PAH in air and combustion
Viera Balgava operating the new DFS Mass spectrometer
Greg Rideout, ERMD:
Emissions Research and Measurement Publications – International Collaboration
- The following three reports containing results of research conducted at
the ERMD were submitted and accepted for publication. These projects represent
collaborative efforts between the ERMD and international private-public
sector partners in the US and Europe.
- Frank, B., Tang, S., Lanni, T. NY State DEC, Rideout, G., Beregszaszy, C., Meyer,
N., Environment Canada, The Effect of Fuel Type and Aftertreatment Method on
Ultrafine Particle Emissions from a Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine. Journal of
Aerosol Science and Technology (accepted)
- Frank, B., Tang, S., Lanni, T., NY State DEC, Rideout, G., Beregszaszy, C.,
Meyer, N., Environment Canada, Unregulated Emissions from a Heavy-Duty Diesel
Engine with Various Fuels and Emission Control Systems. Environ. Sci. Technol.
2007, 41, 5037-5043
- Nils-Olof Nylund & Kimmo Erkkilä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,
Nigel Clark, West Virginia University, Greg Rideout, Environment Canada.
Evaluation of duty cycles for heavy-duty urban vehicles. Final report of IEA AMF Annex XXIX