Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination
Western Constance Cove Remediation Project – Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt

March 17, 2023 — The authorities must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the authorities are 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 April 5, 2023 to:
Becky MacInnis, Environment Officer / MARPAC Formation Safety and Environment
Mailing Address:  Formation Safety and Environment, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Victoria, BC, Canada, V9A 7N2

The Proposed Project

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed the Western Constance Cove Remediation Project (WCCRP), on the east side of Esquimalt Harbour as part of their long-term strategy to remediate contaminated sediments in the Harbor, due to the historical industrial activities undertaken in the harbor. Various remediation projects have been undertaken, or are currently being undertaken, in Esquimalt Harbour as part of the remediation and risk management program. WCCRP is the latest project being planned under this program and is being undertaken under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan.

Remediation is proposed to include dredging of contaminated sediment and debris, and placement of material over dredged areas. Ancillary activities will include processing of material to remove unexploded explosive ordnances and artifacts, passive dewatering of sediment, as well as offloading, transportation and disposal of sediment and debris. The area of contaminated sediment to be remediated encompasses approximately 17,100 square meters.

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