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  • NIRB File No:

    21XN012

  • Application No.:

    125586

  • Project Type:

    Site Cleanup/Remediation

  • Project Name:

    Landfarm, Solid Waste Non-Hazardous Facility, Water and Sewage Treatment Infrastructure Upgrades, Temporary Camp and Amendment of Water Licence, for the Eureka High Arctic Weather Station

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is planning to construct a new Landfarm, Non-Hazardous Solid Waste Facility as well as complete upgrades to their existing Water and Sewer Treatment Infrastructure at the Eureka High Arctic Weather Station (HAWS). It is also requested that the current Water License be amended to include the use of Station Creek, Black Top Creek and West Remus Creek. The HAWS is located on the north side of Slidre Fjord, at the northwestern tip of Fosheim Peninsula, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. The closest community to HAWS is the Hamlet of Grise Fiord. Construction of these projects are anticipated to occur between August 2021 and August 2025, and operations of the facilities are to occur between 2022 and 2042, which is the life expectancy of the Non-Hazardous Solid Waste Facility. During construction, approximately 30 site personnel are required. Transportation to site will be through the use of chartered aircraft for personnel, food and smaller supplies and sealift for equipment and larger supplies.An archaeological assessment will be completed for all potentially affected areas that haven’t been previously assessed. Archaeological assessments will be conducted in spring 2021 in conjunction with other investigations. If any archaeological areas of significance are identified, they will be protected through mitigation measures approved by the Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage. Mitigation may include fencing around sensitive areas and applying setbacks. Previous archaeological studies of the general area were conducted in 2018. A permit to conduct the archaeological assessment will be requested from the Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage prior to March 31st, 2021. A Temporary Camp for approximately thirty staff will be required. This camp will be designed and installed in a way that will minimize impacts to the environment and will be removed upon completion of the construction phase. The camp will be installed in the first few weeks of the 2021 season. Camp facilities will include power generators, fuel storage facilities, garbage disposal containers, heating and cooling units, and necessary appliances and furniture.LandfarmHydrocarbon affected soil has been identified within localized areas throughout the Eureka High Arctic Weather Station (HAWS). Construction of a landfarm is required to store and treat an estimated amount of 4,500-6,000m3 of contaminated soil. The conceptual design of the landfarm is currently underway with the specific location to be determined in summer 2021. Non-Hazardous Solid Waste FacilityA new Non-Hazardous Solid Waste Facility (Facility) is required to store waste from the demolition of various structures and infrastructure. The non-hazardous waste stored will be what is remaining after uncontaminated wood waste is burned on site and hazardous waste appropriately containerized and shipped offsite. The conceptual design of the Facility is currently underway, with the preliminary siting plan having it located southeast of the airstrip. The specific location will be determined in summer 2021. Water/Sewer UpgradesThe project includes the development of a new raw water storage reservoir and associated infrastructure as well as incorporation of the existing raw water storage reservoir. A new packaged wastewater treatment plant will also be constructed, as well as upgrades and conversion of the existing wastewater lagoon to a retention pond. Wastewater discharge piping and overflow will also be upgraded. The overall timing of the upgrades is expected to start in August 2021 and be completed by 2025. Water AmendmentAs part of this application, an Amendment of the current and Extended Water License No. 8B-EUR1621 (Water License) is being requested. The current Water License allows for water pulling from Station Creek. The request as part of this application is to include an Amendment for the use of Black Top Creek and West Remus Creek as sources of water to support station construction activities, dust suppression and use at the Temporary Camp. The Water License is due to expire on August 10, 2021 with the extension requested per application No. 149440. Due to the limited time for acquiring permits, the extension request was included within this initial application to ensure existing water usage can continue at HAWS. Any work/project activities and travel will follow all Territorial and Federal requirements and guidelines regarding COVID 19.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • NOI Issued 2021-05-13
  • SDR Issued 2021-05-13
  • Board voting 2021-05-13
  • Board voting 2021-05-10
  • Extention to Screening Deadline requested 2021-04-28
  • Extention to Screening Deadline requested 2021-04-28
  • Opportunity to Respond 2021-04-27
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2021-04-09
  • Commenting period 2021-04-09
  • Application screening started 2021-03-10
Region
  • North Baffin
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