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Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination
Building and Associated Infrastructure Demolition at Canadian Forces Base 9 Wing Gander Careless Cove Site, Newfoundland and Labrador

September 11,  2020 — The Department of National Defence must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the Department of National Defence is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by October 1, 2020 to:
Warrant Officer Roger Hann, Engineering Officer
Real Property Operations Detachment (Gander)
Post Office Box 6000 Station Main, Gander NL A1V 1X1
Email address:

The Proposed Project

The Department of National Defence has determined the buildings and associated infrastructure at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) 9 Wing Gander Careless Cove site have fallen into disrepair and pose a potential health and safety risk and are slated for demolition. The site was used by cadets as a survival training area and is located approximately 40 kilometers west of CFB 9 Wing Gander along Gander Lake at a Latitude 48°55'6" north and Longitude 54°56'40.1" west. The project will involve the demolition and off-site removal of all infrastructure including six buildings; main building (200 m2), generator shed (22 m2), boat shed (30 m2), bunk house No. 1 (125.5 m2) and bunk house No. 2 (218 m2); generator and associated aboveground fuel storage tank, light poles and associated electrical system as well as the decommissioning of a dug well. The buildings were constructed between 1980s and 1990s on concrete foundation consisting of wood frame and metal roof. A hazardous building material survey will be completed for each building prior to demolition and soil sampling will be conducted to determine potential surface and/or subsurface contamination at the site.

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