Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Nova Scotia Bussines Journal" report canadian policy about sea bed cleanup and exporting technologist..

“Virtually every single industrialized nation in the world has contributed something to the underwater munitions issue, so it would follow that any long-term remediation strategies would also have to be multilateral in scope.”

— Terrance P. Long, Dialogue Chair

On October 15, 2008, an elite group of international stakeholders participated in a full day planning session for the Second International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions. This session was hosted at the offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington DC, this is the website, paste an click here:http://underwatermunitions.com/committee.php

Last updated at 1:55 PM on 20/01/09
Political Maneuvers: Gov't urged to spend millions on munitions cleanup
BY CHRIS HAYES, TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA The Nova Scotia Business JournalSYDNEYA Cape Breton expert says the Canadian government should spend $500 million to accelerate the cleanup of unexploded underwater munitions on the east coast of Canada.North Sydney resident Terry Long said during these recessionary times, the money would put Canadians to work while helping to defuse an explosive situation. Long said the $500 million should be committed over the next four years.There are more than 3,000 underwater munition sites in the water off Nova Scotia alone, he said. “What I am advocating is, in this recession, in order to put people in Canada to work, where we have more than 3,000 sites and we have no ongoing clean up, we would actually put divers and . . . boats, barges — we would actually put people to work. Then we would be able to take that technology, which would be green technology and export it around the world because these sites are in every ocean around the world in major quantities.”Long is an organizer of the Second International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions next month in Hawaii, where experts and government representatives from around the world will gather, including officials with the National Defence Department’s Legacy Sites Program, which is responsible for dealing with unexploded munitions on any properties that are not owned by DND. The conference will look at research that has been done on unexploded underwater munitions, toxic substances leaking into the ocean, the programs of different countries, and many other aspects of what is an international problem.“The goal is to better educate ourselves on what is going on with munitions and how we can address them internationally,” he said. “These munitions are in every corner of the world (and) it requires a multilateral response.”The conference will hear opening remarks from Addison D. Davis IV, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of the army for environment, safety and occupational health, and Long, who according to a website for the conference is a recognized international expert for munitions response services.Albert Marshall of Eskasoni is also on the agenda, said Long. Eskasoni officials have said the waters off the First Nation community were used by bomb training planes. “We are spending a certain amount of money in Canada cleaning up some of these sites but we don’t have any active programs on the east coast of Canada where the vast majority of sites are,” Long said.Long estimated at least tens of thousands of tonnes of unexploded navy munitions including artillery shells, depth charges and mortar shells were dumped in Sydney Bight after the Second World War. Munitions were also dumped in the Cabot Strait in the 1970s. The aging munitions are in danger of exploding, he said.“As munitions become old and deteriorated, they become more sensitive,” he said. “What could once take a sledgehammer to set them off could now be something as easy as the tap of a hand in some cases.”Long said it’s not an area of expertise for him, but it is known that the munitions also contain toxic substances that leak into the ocean. – Cape Breton Post

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