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.
The permitting process requires detailed information regarding the nature and locations of the operation, and the information contained in the following document is all known information at the time of production. Minor variances may occur during the conduct of the operation.
The following is a list of potential impacts which could result from the proposed activities:
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 in the campaign 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 the survey campaign 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, when traveling outside of the staging areas (i.e. Arctic Bay/Iqaluit) 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.
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 work locations. All waste produced on site will be packed out to Arctic Bay/Iqaluit 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 be made aware of the potential for threats from local wildlife and instructed to avoid encounters or disrupt any wildlife unless absolutely necessary. For the Nanisivik activities, the team will directly follow the instructions provided by 1 CRPG.
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.
When in Arctic Bay/Iqaluit, 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 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 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; and,
Photographs will be taken of austere camp locations (Military Survey Mountain) before, during and after use.
Based on all of the information available regarding the proposed survey campaign and the surrounding environment, if designed and carried out using the knowledge of the local 1 CRPG members in addition to the identified mitigation measures, and follow-up programs and monitoring, the Northern Survey Campaign is not likely to cause any significant effect on the environment.
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