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Operation NANOOK 2018 (148932)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Tamara Van Dyck
Company: Department of National Defence / Defence Construction Canada
Start Date: 2018-08-09
End Date: 2018-08-30
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Operation NANOOK 2018 (Op NA 18) is the centerpiece of three sovereignty operations conducted annually by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Canada’s North in August. Op NA 18 is also the key whole of government (WoG) operation for the North, and provides the opportunity to strengthen links with WoG partners, enhancing cooperation and facilitating CAF support in response to future threats and hazards. The engagement of WoG partners provides other departments and agencies the opportunity to examine their own plans, processes and relationships. The intent of the exercise is to develop Arctic skills, build positive and new relations, demonstrate sovereignty, practice interoperability, and strengthen allied operational ability. This year Op NA 2018 will be conducted from August 9-30, 2018, out of Iqaluit and Devon Island, Nunavut, in conjunction with our Northern Partners. CAF personnel will conduct navigation training, practice security patrols and simulated combat exercises. The activities will be conducted mainly on water with two land components, both of which will occur in Department of National Defence (DND) and Other Governmental Department facilities. There will be significant command, control and support activities operating out of DND’s in Iqaluit. No personnel will be camping or setting up on the land, and the CAF personnel is aware of the parks and animal reserves in the area. A community day will take place in Iqaluit on 16 August 2018.
Persons: 120
Days: 25
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4364 point Iqaluit (PAB)
4366 point Devon Island (DRDC)
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin 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
CC-138 Twin Otter Aircraft 1 15.1m X 9.81m X 5.66m, 5600kg Transportation of troops and equipment; emergency evacuation
CP-140 Aurora 1 L35.6m/W30.4m/H10.5m/Wt27892kg Transportation of troops and equipment; surveillance
P8 (USA) 1 L39.5m/W37.6m/H12.8m/Wt85820kg Transportation of troops and equipment; surveillance
Transport Vehicles (Minivans or car rentals) 6 L12.50m/W2.51m Transportation of personnel
RHIB 1 L3.80m/W2.23m/H1.78m Transportation of troops and equipment
Zodiac boat 2 L3.8m/W1.8m/H0.7m Transportation of troops and equipment
Nav-19 1 L5.8m/W2.6m/H0.9m Transportation of troops and equipment
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.25 containers melt water stream
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Water and waste water usage are authorized under 8WLC-NWT1819. It is important to note that DND operates under strict environmental guidelines. CAF personnel will not be using generators at either location. Some of the environmental protection measures that will be implemented include but are not limited to: a. all CAF personnel will be briefed with respect to general environmental awareness, including spill response and reporting procedures; b. all waste produced by CAF personnel will be collected and disposed of by CAF personnel (all waste created on Devon Island will be brought on board CHA, and all waste produced in Iqaluit will be disposed of IAW Iqaluit Municipal regulations); c. all hazardous materials, fuel storage, 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; d. all hazardous materials and fuel will be stored in approved storage containers and facilities, including compliant secondary containment; e. local treatment systems and municipal landfill or incineration will be used for the disposal of human waste wherever possible. Waste generated by personnel on Devon Island will be bagged and packed out for appropriate disposal; f. hazardous waste will be appropriately packaged and transported to a suitable facility for disposal, in accordance with appropriate regulations – provided by an approved third party waste disposal facility if required. Permitting process requires detailed information regarding the nature and locations of the operation. The information contained in this document that is known at the time of production. The following is a list of potential impacts that could result from the proposed activities: a. 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, because all activities will be temporary and all wildlife will be actively avoided, impacts are expected to be minimal; b. emission from vehicles involved in the operation 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 minimal use of vehicles, impacts to the atmosphere are expected to be minimal; c. despite efforts to ensure that all waste material is to be properly contained and transported back to municipal facilities for disposal, the potential exists for waste material produced to litter property or be windblown onto surrounding locations; however, every effort will be made to ensure this does not happen, making the impact easily mitigated and insignificant; and d. should a fuel leak and/or spill occur from vehicles, equipment, etc., the possibility exists for contamination of ground water resources, soil and/or surface water; however, all units traveling on the land will have spill cleanup supplies, and will be instructed on their use, making the potential for a malfunction and/or accident to cause any significant impact is low. Although 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: a. an environmental brief will be provided to personnel involved in the exercise to ensure they have the required general level of environmental awareness and knowledge including requirements related to wildlife prevention, response, and reporting; b. vehicle movement will be restricted to avoid sensitive areas where possible. In the event that established trails are impassable, personnel will be instructed to use alternate routes for as limited a distance as necessary; c. individuals will be tasked to ensure that waste material and litter is collected on the site prior to departing the camp location. All waste produced on Devon Island will be packed out to CHA and all waste produced in Iqaluit will be packed out to municipal facilities for proper disposal; d. in order to prevent any unnecessary wildlife encounters, all waste will be appropriately contained, stored, and removed from the sites as soon as possible; e. personnel will be made aware of the potential for threats from local wildlife and instructed to avoid encounters or disrupting any wildlife. Canadian Rangers will be on site in Iqaluit and on Devon Island to assist with wildlife protection; f. all activities that generate excess noise will be minimized to the furthest extent possible; g. vehicles and equipment will be maintained in good repair to prevent leakage of fluids and fuel; h. when in built up area, all vehicle/equipment refueling will occur at a commercial or municipal site; I. use of spill containment items, including drip pans or mobile plastic berms, will be used during refueling; j. all fuel storage systems and containers used in the proposed operation will be transported, stored, protected and handled according to proper legislation, regulation, codes and guidelines; and k. HAZMAT prevention/response resources (spill pans, hydrocarbon spill pads, 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.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 0.3 cubic meter none gravel filtration
Sewage (human waste) 4 kg/day none Human waste produced will be collected (bagged), stored, and returned to the military vessel for proper disposal.
Non-Combustible wastes 12 kg/day none All non-combustible waste produced in the field will be returned to the military vessel.
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2018-08-10
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 14557
Document Size: 324.01 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-08-10
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 14555
Document Size: 413.12 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: 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:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, 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:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?