CHARACTERIZATION OF ANTITANK FIRING RANGES AT CFB VALCARTIER, WATC WAINWRIGHT AND CFAD DUNDURN

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Authors
  1. Thiboutot, S.
  2. Ampleman, G.
  3. Gagnon, A.
  4. Marois, A.
  5. Jenkins, T.F.
  6. and others
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Some operational activities of the Canadian Forces such as firing practice may cause the dispersion of energetic compounds in the environment. These compounds should be closely monitored due to their highly specific physical, chemical and toxicological properties. In Canada, limited effort has been spent to examine this particular environmental threat. In this context, the characterization of many firing ranges potentially contaminated with explosives has been performed during the last few years. Air-to-ground ranges and ground-to-ground ranges have been characterized and, in general, low levels of multi-contamination by explosives were found. However, antitank firing ranges sampled showed high levels of contamination by HMX, a high explosive used in many antitank rockets. This report details the characterization of five antitank ranges located at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Western Area Training Center Wainwright and Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot, Dundurn. The sampling and analytical methods are described and the results are presented. This work should help the Canadian Forces to pursue their operational activities, while mainimizing the impacts on the environment by providing a better comprehension of the source of contamination and helping to minimize the environmental impacts in the future.
Keywords
Bioremediation;Chief, Research and Developmnent (CRAD);Defence Research Establishments;Defence Research and Development Branch;Site restoration;Soil pollution
Report Number
DREV-9809 —
Date of publication
01 Oct 1998
Number of Pages
68
DSTKIM No
98-02677
CANDIS No
509532
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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