Evaluation of soil contamination by explosives and metals at the Land Force Central Area Training Centre (LFCA TC) Meaford, Ontario (Phase I)


  1. Ampleman, G.
  2. Thiboutot, S.
  3. Marois, A.
  4. Gagnon, A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
This work describes the first evaluation of the impacts of the live fire training at the Land Force Central Area Training Centre (LFCA TC) Meaford, Ontario (Phase I). This study was conducted in September 2007 by DRDC Valcartier for Director Land Environment (DLE) to evaluate soil contamination by explosives and metals. In parallel, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) conducted sampling and analysis of surface water and groundwater for metals and explosives and produced a separate report describing their results. In our study, most of the ranges at LFCA TC Meaford were sampled during the September 2007 campaign. Seventeen ranges were sampled to evaluate the explosives and/or metals contamination. More precisely, at the small arms ranges, skeet range, artillery firing positions, anti-tank, grenade and other ranges, 135 soil samples were collected and analysed, including 79 for energetic materials, 56 for metals and seven for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) analyses. Surface and groundwater samples (35) were collected by INRS, analysed by DRDC Valcartier and revealed no energetic materials. Twenty soil background samples were taken for the metals evaluation for comparison purposes. Soil samples collected from Apeldorn, Cambrai, Ortona, Paardeburg Anti-tank, the Urban Assault and Skeet Ranges, as well as all the small arms ranges: Gully, Alpha and Gravenstafel Ridge; were analysed for metals contamination. Metal analyses were done using Inductively

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Energetic materials;Environmental impacts of explosives;Environmental impacts of munitions;Explosive contamination;Impacts of live fire training;Live fire training environmental impacts;Site characterization
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2008-390 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 May 2009
Number of Pages
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