Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 02, 2011 13:15 ET

Government of Canada Announces Three Projects for 5 Wing Goose Bay

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, along with the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, today announced three new projects valued at $62 million for environmental remediation work at 5 Wing Goose Bay.

"Today's announcement is an important step forward for the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay," said Minister MacKay. "Our government continues to deliver on its commitment to improve 5 Wing Goose Bay and the Happy Valley-Goose Bay community. This environmental remediation work benefits the Wing, contributes to the economic foundation of the community and mitigates risk to human health and the environment."

Since the Second World War, 5 Wing Goose Bay has had a continuous international military presence, which has brought significant socio-economic benefits and stability for the local communities. The three new projects include the removal of fuel and contaminants from the ground at the Survival Tank Farm, the Former Hydrant Area, and the Dome Mountain sites. Together, these three projects represent $62 million in contracts at 5 Wing Goose Bay, and create 335 jobs in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay community, and throughout Labrador.

"I am happy to be announcing today these three new projects for our community," said Minister Penashue. "These new investments in Labrador, specifically in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, clearly illustrate the Government of Canada's continued commitment to environmental stewardship and to our community."

The Goose Bay Remediation Project is part of a larger Government of Canada initiative to assess, and remediate federal contaminated sites. The project is to be completed by 2020.

This Government and the Department of National Defence (DND) are committed to conducting operations in ways that protect human health and the environment, as well as ensuring it fully complies with the Government's environmental legislation, regulations and guidelines. These projects are part of the $300 million in remediation activities announced by Minister MacKay in 2009.

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