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August 26, 2020 — The Department of National Defence must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the Department of National Defence is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by September  15, 2020 to:
Andrew Prior
DNPS 2-5 Ship Survivability
Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management
101  Colonel By Drive, Ottawa Ontario K1A 0K2
Email address: ANDREW.PRIOR@forces.gc.ca

The Proposed Project

This project will refurbish the existing Wright's Cove East-West magnetic range. 16 sub-sea legacy analog search coils will be replaced by modern digital magnetometers. The magnetometers will be connected via fiber-optic cables (80 metre and 120 metre length cables) to a sub-sea Power Supply and Data Transmitter positioned close to the middle magnetometers (between pedestal 7 & 8). A new fiber optic backbone cable will be laid between the Power Supply and Data Transmitter and the Wright's Cove Range building on shore (approximately 1600 metres of cable that is about 28.6 millimetres in diameter). The legacy copper backbone cable will not be removed from the seabed. It has been there for approximately 20 years. The cables that connected the search coils to this backbone will be removed.

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