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Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Tamara Van Dyck
Company: Department of National Defence / Defence Construction Canada
Start Date: 2018-02-23
End Date: 2018-03-25
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
As an Arctic nation, Canada regularly and fully exercises its sovereign rights and jurisdiction in its northern territories. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has a significant role to play in forestalling sovereignty challenges, defending Canada against threats in the region, and protecting Canadians by supporting whole-of-government efforts to ensure appropriate responses to security and environmental concerns in the North. Operation NUNALIVUT is a sovereignty operation conducted annually since 2007 in Canada’s North. This year Joint Task Force North (JTFN) will conduct Operation NUNALIVUT 2018 (Op NU 18) from 23 February to 19 March, 2018, based out of Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The overall aim is to further enhance the CAF knowledge and capacity to operate in austere locations and challenging environments, while allowing the CAF to demonstrate their ability to effectively respond to safety and security issues in the Arctic. Op NU 18 will be conducted with patrols on the land, on the sea ice, underwater, and in the air. It will consist of approximately 300 CAF personnel and may be observed by international partners.
Persons: 400
Days: 31
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3194 polygon OPERATION NUNALIVUT 2018
3195 polygon OPERATION NUNALIVUT 2018
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
BV206 2 L5.72m/W2.01m/H2.72m Transportation of troops and equipment
Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV) With Qamutiik 90 L3.00m/W1.30m/H1.20m Transportation of troops and equipment
Heaters 20 L4.24m/W2.75m/H1.20m Heating tents
5kW Generator 2 L4.0m/W3m/H.2m Temporary power
CH – 146 Griffon 1 L 17m/W 14m/H 4.6m Transportation of troops and equipment
CC-138 Twin Otter Aircraft 3 L15.1m/W9.81m/H5.66m Transportation of troops and equipment
CC-130 Hercules 1 L30m/W40m/H11m Transportation of troops and equipment
CC-177 Globemaster 1 L53m/W52m/H17m Transportation of troops and equipment
Compression Chamber 1 L2.1m/W1.3m/H2.0m Safety in case of diver nitrogen poisoning
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 29 205 Liters Transportation, heating, power generation
Gasoline 27 205 Liters Transportation (LOSVs)
Other 4 5 Liters Powering the cooking and heating equipment
Other 50 5 Liters Transportation (LOSVs)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
1000 Contracted from community water plants Cambridge Bay and Resolute Bay
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS The Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area lies to the west of the planned Op NU 18 and will be avoided by all military activities. All activity conducted in this area is assessed as low impact and any wildlife sightings will be recorded and reported. It is important to note the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces operates under strict environmental guidelines. In and out clearances will be conducted at each location used for resupply or bed down. Digital images of locations will be taken during and after use and will be included in the Post-Operation In/Out Clearance Report. Potential environmental impacts which could result from the proposed activities are: • Activity and vehicle traffic from the proposed activities is expected to increase ambient noise levels and may also cause minor disturbance to the wildlife within the vicinity of activity locations. However, since all activities will be temporary, impacts are expected to be minimal. • Vehicles involved in Op NU 18 will release particulate into the atmosphere and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Air quality in the vicinity of activities may be temporarily reduced due to the increased fumes. However, due to the relatively short duration of the activity, and the use of new, lower emission vehicles, impacts to the atmosphere are expected to be minimal. • Despite direction to ensure all waste material is to be properly contained and transported back for disposal, the potential exists for waste material produced during Op NU 18 to litter property or be windblown onto surrounding locations. However, every effort will be made to ensure this does not happen; therefore, the impact is considered to be easily mitigated and insignificant. • Should a fuel leak and/or spill occur from vehicles, equipment, etc, the possibility exists for contamination of ground water resources, soil and/or surface water. However, all units traveling outside Resolute Bay or Cambridge Bay will have spill cleanup supplies, and will be instructed on their use; therefore, the potential for a malfunction and/or accident to cause any significant impact is low. • Peary Caribou are an endangered species and live in the vicinity of Resolute Bay. Dolphin and Union Caribou are a species of special concern and live in the vicinity of Cambridge Bay. Human activities have the potential to disturb these animals, however any caribou seen will be avoided minimizing the potential disturbance of any individual caribou or caribou herds. While there is potential for activities to impact the environment, mitigation measures have been established to minimize their significance. These mitigation measures include, but are not limited, to: • An environmental brief will be provided to personnel involved in the exercise to ensure they have the required general level of environmental awareness and knowledge, and are aware of requirements related to wildlife prevention, response and reporting. • Vehicle movement will be restricted in sensitive areas. In the event established trails are impassable, personnel will be instructed to use alternate routes for as limited a distance as necessary. • Individuals will be tasked to ensure waste material and litter is collected on the site prior to departing the camp location. All waste produced on site will be packed out to Resolute Bay or Cambridge Bay for proper disposal. • In order to prevent any unnecessary wildlife encounters, all waste will be appropriately contained, stored and removed from the sites as soon as possible. • All caribou will be avoided and not disturbed in any way. • Personnel will keep at least 1 km away from the boundary of the Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area. • Personnel will be made aware of the potential for threats from local wildlife and instructed to avoid encounters or disrupt any wildlife unless absolutely necessary. • Local treatment systems and municipal landfill or incineration will be used for the disposal of human waste. Waste generated during foot patrols or when municipal services are otherwise unavailable, will be bagged and packed out for appropriate disposal. • Local landfill or incineration will be used for the disposal of combustible waste. Disposal will occur in accordance with territorial and municipal regulations (waste will be handled by contract). • Local landfill, incineration or recycling centers, where available, will be used for the disposal of non-combustible wastes. Disposal will occur in accordance with territorial and municipal requirements (waste will be handled and disposed by contract). • All noise making activities will be limited as much as possible. • Vehicles and equipment will be maintained in good repair to prevent leakage of fuel, oil, etc. • Generators will be placed within suitable containment throughout the operation, and will be emptied for transportation. • When in Resolute Bay or Cambridge Bay, all vehicle/equipment refueling will occur in a central location. • Use of spill containment items including drip pans or mobile plastic berms will be maximized during refueling. • All fuel storage systems and containers to be used in Op NU 18 will be transported, stored, protected, etc. according to proper legislation, regulation, codes and guidelines. • All hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and fuel will be stored in approved storage containers and facilities, including compliant secondary containment and will be stored in accordance with municipal, territorial, and federal regulations. • HAZMAT prevention/response resources (spill pans, hydrocarbon spill pads, absorbal, etc.) will be available and ready for use if required. Spill kits will be specifically located at all fuel storage areas, vehicle maintenance areas and refueling areas. • All hazardous materials (HAZMAT), fuel storage, generator and vehicle parking areas are subject to inspection by environmental support staff. All involved elements will appoint an environmental representative, accountable for the supervision of best environmental practices. • HAZMAT waste will be appropriately packaged and transported to a suitable facility for disposal, in accordance with appropriate regulations – provided by a third party waste disposal facility if required. • Photographs will be taken of all training location sites, and temporary camp locations before, during and after use. Based on all of the information available regarding the proposed Op NU 18 and the surrounding environment, if designed and carried out using the knowledge of the local 1stCRPG members in to addition to the identified mitigation measures, and follow-up programs and monitoring, Op NU 18 is not likely to cause any significant effect on the environment.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 100 Lbs/Day Nil Collected and shipped south for proper disposal
Greywater 100 Lbs/Day Nil Greywater produced at Cambridge Bay and CAFATC will be disposed of via existing infrastructure.
Combustible wastes 100 Lbs/Day Nil Collected and returned to the nearest settlement for proper disposal by contract.
Non-Combustible wastes 100 Lbs/Day Nil Collected and returned to the nearest settlement for proper disposal by contract.
Hazardous waste To be confirmed Nil Collected and shipped to larger urban centers for proper disposal by qualified operators.
Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
Recieved: 2017-11-23
Originator: Tamara Van Dyck
Public Registry ID: 13278
Document Size: 96.38 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-11-22
Originator: Tamara Van Dyck
Public Registry ID: 13276
Document Size: 410.93 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?