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Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Sarah Rahmer
Company: Department of National Defence / Defence Construction Canada
Start Date: 2022-02-14
End Date: 2022-03-01
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Op NA-NU 22 will see the CAF conducting patrols over land, across sea ice and in the air. Diving operations will also be carried out, and small research projects will be conducted to test new equipment. It will consist of approximately 250 CAF personnel, and may be augmented, and observed by international partners. To ensure proper command and control of all forces a Joint Task Force Headquarters will be established in the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, NT. Soldiers from the Canadian Army’s (CA) 3rd Canadian Division’s 38 Canadian Brigade Group will make up the Land Task Force (LTF) with approximately 150 soldiers. The LTF will perform patrols using Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV), accompanied by members of the 1st Canadian Range Patrol Group (1 CRPG). Aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), such as the CH-147 Chinook, CC-138 Twin Otter as well as the CC-130J Hercules and CC177 Globemaster may be utilized during the operation to transport soldiers and equipment as well as perform resupply operations. Sailors from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), along with divers from the CA, will conduct ice diving operations during Op NA-NU 22. Approximately 47 Canadian Rangers from 1 CRPG will conduct a type 6 patrol in Nunavut, in the vicinity of the Queen Maud Gulf. This long range patrol will be conducted by LOSV. LAND TASK FORCE OPERATIONS By 19 February 2022 approximately 150 persons from the LTF will arrive in the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. At that point there will be two, five day, over land patrols, of up to 45 to 50 persons each. One of the patrols will depart Tuktoyaktuk and move EAST with the goal of reaching the Hamlet of Paulatuk, with stops at the North Warning System (NWS) sites along the way. The second patrol will move to the Hamlet of Aklavik, and then patrol in a NORTH WEST direction towards the NWS sites located in the Yukon Territory. Defined routes for the patrols will be determined closer to the operation. During the patrols bivouacs will be established, exact locations along with pictures before and after occupation will be recorded. DIVE TASK FORCE OPERATIONS RCN divers from the DTF will execute ice diving in vicinity of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. The holes created for the divers will be covered by military tents and the dive site will be manned daily for the duration of the operation. At the end of the operation, the holes used for the diving ops will be marked so that they are clearly visible to anyone working or traversing the area. AIR TASK FORCE OPERATIONS Currently the aircraft types which will support the operation have not been completely confirmed. It is expected that the ATF will use a CH-147 Chinook, as well as up to two CC-138 Twin Otters during the duration of OP NA-NU 22 for transport of personnel and supplies within the Joint Operations Area (JOA). The RCAF could support the movement of personnel and equipment into the JOA with the CC-177 Globemaster, as well as the CC-130J Hercules. While unconfirmed at this time, it is expected that the ATF will operate out of Inuvik for the majority of OP NA-NU 22. 1 CRPG OPERATIONS Canadian Rangers from 1 CRPG will conduct a long range patrol commencing from two different locations in Nunavut. One patrol will begin in the Hamlet of Taloyoak and will move SOUTH WEST inspecting NWS sites, and will link with another patrol in the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven. Together these two patrols will continue WEST towards NWS site CAM - B, with a stop at NWS site CAM – 2. Simultaneously a long range patrol will depart Cambridge Bay and move in an easterly direction towards NWS site CAM – 1A with a stop at NWS site CAM – A3A. Once both of these patrols have reached their respective destinations they will return to their original locations utilizing similar routes.
Persons: 47
Days: 16
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8033 point CAM – A3A
8034 point CAM – 1A
8035 point CAM – B
8036 point CAM – 2
8037 point CAM – 3
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Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV) With Qamutiik 80 L3.00m/W1.30m/H1.20m/Wt140kg Transportation of troops and equipment
Tent Group including Coleman Stove and lantern 20 L 3m/W 3m/H 2.5m Potential Shelter
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 200 20 Liters 4000L (stored in 20L Jerries’)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Naphtha 0 250 Liters Naphtha(Colman Stove and lanterns)
Oil (LOSV) 50 4 Liters Oil(LOSV)200L
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
300 Grey water produced will be disposed of via existing infrastructure. Grey Water
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS All activities planned in the JOA are assessed as low environmental 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. Clearances will be conducted at each location used for resupply or bed down. Digital images of locations will be taken before, 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 operations, 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. Such variances will be captured in a post-operation Environmental Report and will include the precise locations used during the operation, along with an overall review of the execution. 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 Op NA-NU 22 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 NA-NU 22 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 soil, ground water and/or surface water. However, all units 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; and Caribou are a species of special concern and are known to live in the JOA. 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 operation 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 properly disposed of in accordance with territorial, municipal, and federal regulations; 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 disruption of 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 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, or other lubricants; Generators will be placed within suitable containment throughout the operation, and will be emptied for transportation; All vehicle refueling will occur in commercial locations; Aircraft fueling operations in Tuktoyaktuk will comply with at Municipal, Territorial and Federal regulations. Fuel storage may include the use of temp bulk storage, including bladders, drums or portable bulk containers; 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 during Op NA-NU 22 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 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, absorbent, 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 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; and Photographs will be taken of all training location sites, and temporary camp locations before, during and after use. With the environmental training given to all CAF members, in addition to the identified mitigation measures, and follow-up programs and monitoring, OP NA-NU 22 is not likely to cause any significant effect on the environment.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 300 L/day NIL Grey water produced will be disposed of via existing infrastructure.
Non-Combustible wastes 69 m3 NIL Garbage produced will be disposed of via existing infrastructure.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2021-10-27
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 19139
Document Size: 43.3 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2021-10-27
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 19138
Document Size: 2917.49 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2021-11-02
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 19147
Document Size: 272.63 Kb
2021-10-28 10:27:54, from: Sarah Rahmer
 The operation will occur on lands belonging to the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Initial consultations have occurred with each of the respective parties through face to face meetings in late September, and will occur through written correspondence for the Nunavut Settlement Area in the coming weeks.