Federal government renews agreement to monitor impact of low-level flying in Goose Bay area

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The Department of National Defence (DND) announced today it is renewing a five-year agreement with the Institute for Environmental Monitoring and Research (IEMR), which assesses the impact of low-level flying training activities in the Goose Bay training area.
"It would be difficult to continue low-level flight training in Goose Bay without the input of the institute," said Defence Minister Peter Mackay. "It allows the military to continue training and provide direct economic benefit through its award of environmental contracts to Aboriginal and other local Goose Bay companies."
The $7.5-million grant agreement was signed by IEMR chairperson Dr. Louis Lapierre and DND representative Col. Alain Boyer following an independent evaluation of the grant.
"The evaluation team's assessment is that IEMR is meeting its performance objectives and the Transfer Payment Program for the Institute continues to be relevant and effective," said Lt.-Col. Alain Bisson, from the Directorate of Air Contracted Force Generation. "With the renewed interest shown by our Allies in using the Goose Bay facilities and training range, it was essential to renew this agreement."
The IEMR was established in 1995 in response to a recommendation by an independent Environmental Assessment Panel appointed by the Federal Environmental Assessment and Review Office to review military flight training at Goose Bay. The purpose of the Institute is to oversee the environmental effects of allied military training conducted at 5 Wing Base Goose Bay over areas of Labrador and Northeastern QuÉbec.
The grant renewal gives IEMR responsibility to establish research program priorities related to potential impacts of low-level flying training activities on the environment. Based on environmental assessment results of 5 Wing flying operations, the IEMR reviews environmental impact and advises stakeholders about their findings and recommendations.

Organizations: Department of National Defence, Institute for Environmental Monitoring, Federal Environmental Assessment and Review Office

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Labrador, Northeastern QuÉbec

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