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Largest Radar Site Being Cleaned Up

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Largest Radar Site Being Cleaned Up

McGuinty Government Improves Northern Environment and Creates Jobs

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Weenusk First Nation community on the Hudson Bay will work closely with the Ontario government on the clean up of the largest abandoned radar site in Northern Ontario.

Over the next three years, the Weenusk First Nation will operate a remote base camp for workers and assist with the clean up of Site 500 part of the Mid-Canada Line near Peawanuck. More than 40 jobs will be created for the Weenusk First Nation in the first year of the project.

The project is part of an Ontario-led six-year plan to clean up 16 Mid-Canada Line sites that are contaminated with toxic materials and littered with debris and derelict buildings.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has signed agreements with the Weenusk First Nation for more than $11 million of the $41-million overall cost of cleaning up Site 500.
  • Ontario is investing $55 million in the six-year plan to clean up 16 Mid-Canada Line sites.
  • In 2009, two former Mid-Canada sites were successfully cleaned up.
  • The sites are contaminated with toxic materials such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), hydrocarbons, mercury and asbestos, as well as derelict buildings.

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“Our government continues to move forward to clean up the 16 Mid-Canada Line radar sites. We welcome the skills and expertise the Weenusk people will be providing to the Site 500 clean up.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

“The clean up of the radar sites has been a long time coming and Weenusk First Nation is eager to move ahead with this project. Jobs will be created over the next three years for people from my community and that is very important to us. As well, the clean up will help improve the health of the environment for the people who live on this land.”

Chief Edmund Hunter

Weenusk First Nation

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