When you see or become aware of a spill, you must report it as soon as possible. Call the Yukon Spill Line at 867-667-7244. It's monitored 24/7.
When you call, have the following information ready:
- Location and time of the spill.
- Circumstances leading up to the spill.
- Type and approximate volume of material spilled, such as a description of the spill area and where it may have travelled.
- Description of the material spilled. Sometimes you can identify the spill’s source from a labelled container, but it’s more likely the source is unknown. Any information about the material is helpful, such as colour, smell and any other physical properties.
- Details of any action taken at the spill site, such as containment and confinement actions, or no action taken because of safety concerns.
- Description of the environment at the spill’s location, such as terrain, public health concerns, nearby bodies of water and natural habitat.
You can send other information, such as photos, directly the Yukon Spill Line by text message.
Contact the Environmental Programs Branch at 867-667-5683 for guidance in dealing with spills. The Government of Yukon has specially trained staff for spills reporting and direction in clean up.
If a spill has occurred and the responsible person cannot or will not take action, you can anonymously report a spill and we’ll follow up.
If you are responsible for the spill, you are legally obligated to:
- Make efforts to notify the owner or person in charge of the spilled substance, and any members of the public that may be adversely affected by the spill.
- Take all reasonable measures to confine, repair and remedy the effects of the spill.
- Remove the substance spilled to reduce the danger to human health and the environment.
Visit How to treat and relocate contaminated material for more information on containing and remediating spilled substances.
For questions about reporting and managing spills email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 867-667-5683 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5683.