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OP Nanook Nunalivut 2022 (149897)
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: 2023-03-04
End Date: 2023-03-17
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Joint Task Force North (JTFN) will conduct Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT 2022 (Op NANU 22) from 20 February 2023 until 27 March 2023, based out of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The aim of the operation is to enhance the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ability to operate in the harsh arctic environment in austere conditions, to demonstrate our ability to operate alongside our federal and territorial partners in the north, as well as our international partners. Op NA-NU 22 will involve up to 400 personnel supported from the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet. This will involve soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen from across the CAF, Canadian Rangers from Nunavut, foreign military partners, as well as scientists and researchers from the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). The personnel forming Task Force Nunalivut (TF NU) will conduct overland patrols, deliver supplies by air, and conduct ice diving operations. These activities will be commanded and controlled by a Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters (HQ) situated in Rankin Inlet. The Joint Operations Area (JOA) will encompass the three communities of Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake as well as Chesterfield Inlet. This area will allow TF NU to accomplish a series of tasks while challenging the leaders at all levels due to the vast area, and harsh winter conditions. While the Land Task Force (LTF) will conduct patrols across the land, and on the sea ice, they will be guided by Canadian Rangers, and sustained by a robust Joint Task Force Support Component (JTFSC) who will ensure that their movement is uninhibited due to logistical issues. The LTF will receive medical support, logistical sustainment as well as personnel movement support from the Air Detachment, which will consist of rotary wing aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). These aircraft will be based out of the Rankin Inlet Airport and will include large RCAF transport conducting personnel and equipment movement from CAF bases into Rankin Inlet. The Dive Task Force (DTF), which will be led by divers from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), will have divers from the Canadian Army (CA) and international participants from various countries, will conduct ice diving operations. Overall TF NU will begin to arrive in Rankin Inlet as early as 20 February 2023 to begin receiving equipment by air. The main operations will be conducted between 4 and 17 March 2023, with a small trail party remaining in Rankin Inlet until approximately 27 March 2023.
Persons: 150
Days: 19
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
9531 point JOA - NW
9532 point JOA - NE
9533 point JOA - SE
9534 point JOA - SW
9535 point DTF - Site 1
9536 point DTF - Site 2
9537 point DTF - Site 3
9538 point DTF - Site 4
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
No data found.
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
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
Heaters 10 L1.24m/W2.55m/H1.20m Heating tents
Generator (7kw) 10 L 0.9m/0.6m/H0.6m Temporary power
Tent Group including Coleman Stove and lantern 25 L 3m/W 3m/H 2.5m Potential Shelter
CH-147 Chinook Helicopter 1 L15.9m/W18.28m/H5.77m/Wt24,494kg Transportation of troops and equipment
CC-130 Hercules 1 L30m/W40m/H11m/Wt34,400kg Transportation of troops and equipment
CC-177 Globemaster 1 L53m/W52m/H17m/Wt128,100kg Transportation of troops and equipment
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 5 205 Liters Diesel for Generators and Heaters
Gasoline 350 20 Liters Gasoline for Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV)
Other 125 4 Liters Naphtha for Colman Stove and lanterns
Other 100 4 Liters Oil for Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
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 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 Rankin Inlet will comply with 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
Combustible wastes 332.1 m3 Local landfill, incineration or recycling centers, where available, will be used for the disposal of non-combustible wastes; Local treatment systems and municipal landfill or incineration will be used for the disposal of human waste. Disposal will occur in accordance with territorial and municipal requirements (waste will be handled and disposed by contract)
Greywater 1259.7 m3 N/A Disposal will occur in accordance with territorial and municipal requirements (waste will be handled and disposed by contract)
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-10-19
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 20843
Document Size: 626.41 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-11-09
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 20936
Document Size: 275.24 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: 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:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.