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Invitation to Submit Comment on Nanoose Bay CFMETR PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 July 2004 07:41

Too late for action, this o­ne's for the record... The CFMETR test ranges are located in the Strait of Georgia northwest of Nanaimo and in Jervis Inlet. Canada and its allies use these areas to test torpedoes and various underwater equipment. An update of an environmental assessment performed in 1996 is underway. This assessment re-examines effects that CFMETR activities may be having o­n both the marine environment and local communities. The purpose of inviting comment is to inform the assessment team about issues related to CFMETR that are important to the community. For further information, or to complete a questionnaire, please call 250-927-0156 (Parksville). Anyone wishing to comment should do so by June 30, 2004.

From: dar [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]

Sent: June 25, 2004 10:57 AM

To: zulis

Subject: Invitation to submit comment o­n CFMETR

Please circulate:

As if anyone isn't feeling beleaguered enough already with life's pressing issues, I just read this small notice (3"x2") in The Nanaimo Star today, dated Wed. June 23, 2004, Sect. A, pg.13:

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Canadian Forces Maritime and Experimental Test Ranges(CFMETR)

Nanoose Bay

Invitation to Submit Comment

The CFMETR test ranges are located in the Strait of Georgia northwest of Nanaimo and in Jervis Inlet. Canada and its allies use these areas to test torpedoes and various underwater equipment. An update of an environmental assessment performed in 1996 is underway. This assessment re-examines effects that CFMETR activities may be having o­n both the marine environment and local communities. The purpose of inviting comment is to inform the assessment team about issues related to CFMETR that are important to the community. For further information, or to complete a questionnaire, please call 250-927-0156 (Parksville). Anyone wishing to comment should do so by June 30, 2004.

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My first reaction was a healthy expletive followed by a phone call to our local expert o­n the CFMETR situation, Norm Abbey.

He informed me this survey is a request follow up that Sheila Fraser, our federal auditor general has made in regards to a Can. Government environmental assessment study made in 1996 and the failure to address any of the recommendations made then.

If you phone the Parksville number listed in the newspaper, you will find out the" public "survey is being conducted by Environmental Sciences, Royal Military College of Canada.

No bias there.

Deadlines come and go and I don't want to be the messenger with the straw that broke the proverbial social activist's back but I can't help but think their timing in tandem with the election is more than coincidence. If you are unable to submit a comment by June 30, I would suggest you find out more about this important longstanding, local environmental issue and bring it to the attention of our old and new politicians and citizens in any way you can imagine. ( Maybe Sheila Fraser would be interested in how and when the public is informed here? )

Check out www.spec.ca for more information. See: Project Areas" - "Water Related Projects."

Suggested questions:

Does their environmental assessment acknowledge the periodic presence of nuclear powered and/or nuclear weapons capable submarines at CFMETR? (This potentially devastating environmental factor was not mentioned in the 1996 review.)

Will there be an opportunity for public questioning

and cross examining of information gathered from this assessment?

CFMETR Nanaimo phone # - 756-5011

Keep o­n truckin...

Darlene Mace

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'Environmental assessment of Nanoose torpedo range is another whitewash, says SPEC.

 

May 27, 2004

The Department of National Defence (DND) has chosen the Royal Military Colleges Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) to conduct an updated environmental assessment  of the Nanoose Bay torpedo test range. According to DND information, the ESG exists primarily to support the Department of National Defence. 

This so-called environmental assessment by ESG will be another whitewash that wont address the real issue of the risk posed by US nuclear-weapons capable warships that test at the range,  said SPEC campaigner Norman Abbey. When the DND undertook their last assessment in 1996, we were concerned there was no independent analysis or review. Now with an in-house agency such as the ESG, there will be even less ability for the public to find out what is really going o­n at Nanoose Bay. 

In 1996, Victoria-based Pacific Marine Technology was contracted by DND to survey the seabed off Nanoose Bay. They found that1300 tons of lead, 93,000 km of copper wire and at least 51,000 lithium batteries had been dumped by warships into Georgia Strait. The US Navy is the primary user of Nanoose which is a branch of the US Navys undersea warfare centre at Keyport, Washington.

We have consistently called for an independent review of Nanoose,  said Abbey. Even former Prime Minister Jean Chretien agreed in 1993 that a further assessment under federal law  with a full opportunity for public input would be a useful complement. Now ten years later, we still havent had that public input.  

In 1999 the Nanoose Bay test range was the subject of a federal-provincial dispute when Ottawa expropriated the BC-owned seabed following a refusal by the BC Government to allow US warships to bring nuclear weapons into BC waters.

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