Characterization of Potentially Explosives-Contaminated Sites at CFB Gagetown, 14 Wing Greenwood and CFAD Bedford


  1. Dube, P.
  2. Ampleman, G.
  3. Thiboutot, S.
  4. Gagnon, A.
  5. Marois, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Some activities of the Canadian Forces such as firing practice, storage and demolition procedures 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 efforts have been spent in the past to examine this particular environmental threat. This report details the characterization of four potentially explosives-contaminated sites located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown, 14 Wing Greenwood and at Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot Bedford. The sampling and analytical methods are described and the results are presented. In general, our results show a non-presence to a low contamination level (<15 mg/kg). However, the Wellington Antitank Firing Range at CFB Gagetown showed relative high levels of contamination by HMX, a high explosive compound used in many antitank rockets. This work should help the Canadian Forces to pursue their operational activities, while minimizing the impacts on the environment by providing a better comprehension of the source of contamination and helping to minimize the environment impacts in the futyre.
Soil pollution;Soil analyzer;Energetic materials;Field screening methods;OB/OD;Open Burning/Open Detonation Activity
Report Number
DREV-TR-1999-137 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 1999
Number of Pages
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