Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 12, 2009 12:59 ET

Government of Canada Supports Goose Bay Economy Through Environmental Clean-Up Project

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 12, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced $300-million in funding today for the 5 Wing Goose Bay Remediation Project. This funding demonstrates the Government's commitment to environmental clean-up, and to generating economic opportunities for the local economy.

"This project allows the Department of National Defence to address contamination at 5 Wing Goose Bay and reduce potential risks," said Minister MacKay. "This significant investment benefits the Wing, contributes to the economic foundation of the community and mitigates risk to human health and the environment."

With this project, the Government will examine all of the contaminated sites at the Wing to understand the environmental challenges and then proceed with efforts to remediate the sites, manage risk to human health and protect the environment.

The Goose Bay Remediation Project will deliver important economic benefits to the region's economy now and in future years as the project gets fully underway. For example, as part of the $300-million in funding, a $4.5-million contract was recently awarded to AMEC, a large, multidisciplinary environment service firm with a local office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay that employs four full-time project staff who will provide consulting services to DND.

Project work involves assessments to confirm the extent of contamination, followed by appropriate remedial action, such as removal of free-phase fuel product from the subsurface, treatment or risk management of contaminated soil and groundwater, and removal of waste material. This work will be implemented in phases.

All the work will be competitively tendered through Defence Construction Canada or Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of DND, following standard Government of Canada contracting policies.

The Goose Bay Remediation Project is funded by the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, which is coordinated by Environment Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat to provide funding to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites. The project is anticipated to be completed by 2020.

Since the Second World War, 5 Wing Goose Bay has had a continuous international military presence, which has resulted in significant socio-economic benefits and stability for the surrounding communities. To this day, the Wing continues to support a foreign military training program.

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