Environmental Characterisation of Canadian Forces Base Shilo Training Area (Battleruns) Following GATES Closure


  1. Thiboutot, S.
  2. Ampleman, G.
  3. Martel, R.
  4. Lefebvre, R.
  5. Paradis, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes QUE (CAN)
Following the German Army Training Establishment Shilo (GATES) closure at CFB Shilo (Manitoba), Director General Environment (DGE) tasked Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (DREV) to conduct an environmental assessment of past training activities to determine their impacts on soils, as well as sub-surface soils, surface waters and groundwater in the training areas. The ultimate goal of this sampling camping is to globally assess the potential contamination related to explosives and heavy metals and evaluate the total costs of decontamination, if needed, in order to establish Germany's environmental liability resulting from their use of the CFB Shilo ranges and training areas. Such an assessment requires an appropriate definition and understanding of the hydrogeological context of the site. Soils, subsurface soils and groundwater samples were collected across all the training areas and battleruns according to the sampling procedure described in this report. Explosives, 232Th, petroleum products and heavy metals analyses revealed no major problems related to environmental contamination. However some trends were observed that could be related with the firing activities. No mitigation or site remediation action is required at this time. TRUNCATED

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Energetic materials;Environmental impacts of explosives;Live fire training environmental impacts;Site characterization
Report Number
DREV-TR-2001-126 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2001
Number of Pages
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