Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 10, 2007 09:32 ET

Canadian Forces to Remove Empty Ammunition Casings From Scrap Yard in Regina

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) - Ten members of the Canadian Forces will be working at CMS Metal Products Limited in Regina to clear away empty ammunition casings and other scrap metal originating from military firing ranges starting September 11, 2007. The Canadian Forces collection team will be sorting and preparing the scrap metal for shipment to the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. The operation is expected to last seven weeks.

The Canadian Forces deployed a reconnaissance team in early June and assessed all of the scrap metal to be safe - it does not pose any danger to the public.

This scrap metal predates the 1999 Canadian Forces moratorium on the selling of such material to civilian enterprises. The Canadian Forces is exercising due diligence by removing the material from the public domain. Ammunition casings sold as scrap prior to 1999 would have undergone a rigorous screening process to ensure that they did not contain any explosives. This screening process included at least three physical checks by Canadian Forces Ammunition Technicians to ensure that the scrap was safe for disposal and sale through Crown Assets Disposal Corporation in accordance with regulations in place at the time.

The requirement to clear away this scrap metal came about when a local resident advised the Regina Police Service of the discovery of ammunition casings at CMS Metal Products Limited on May 9, 2007.

The public is reminded to report any discoveries of similar material to the Regina Police Service by calling 306-777-6500.

Note to Editors: Media queries may be directed to Capt Cal Knowles, Liaison Officer for Saskatchewan Domestic Operations, at 306-347-9300 x 6580

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