Archived - Screening Level Environmental Assessment for the future Disposal options for DND at the time NATO return the property of Folly Lake Satellite Ground Terminal, Folly Lake, NS

Folly Lake Station (NS)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Final Decision

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Reference Numbers

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 05-01-13420
Department of National Defence: 1267‑0100‑0539

Environmental Assessment Type


Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Department of National Defence

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On July 5, 2005, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Department of National Defence was the proponent for the project.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

Defence Construction Canada has been requested by the Real Estate Services (RES) division of the Department of National Defence (DND) for Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) to conduct a Screening Level Environmental Assessment for the disposal of the Folly Lake Satellite Ground Terminal located at Folly Lake, NS. The Folly Lake Satellite Ground Terminal Site is a lodger unit of CFB Halifax. As part of their infrastructure reduction initiative, DND wishes to dispose of the property including the buildings and potentially the furnishings and equipment after its return from lease by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as of December 2005. The site presently contains five (5) buildings including: · The two-storey Operations Building (Control) #FL1 constructed in 1982 with a footprint of 1,144.54 meters (m) 2; · The one-storey Garage #FL2 constructed in 1982 with a footprint of 40.30 m2; · A one-storey Gate House #FL3 constructed in 1982 located at the security gate and with a footprint of 14.54 m2; · The one-storey Radar Dome #FL4 constructed in 1982 with a footprint of 89 m2; and · A one-storey Storage Barn constructed in 1990 located off the parking lot with a footprint of 25.27 m2. NATO has used the Satellite Ground Terminal Site as a military communications facility for approximately 20 years, since its construction in 1982. NATO has decided that their operations at Folly Lake are redundant to their existing operations and have begun a decommissioning process. It is unclear at this point whether the buildings will be demolished prior to disposal or disposed of with the site. Project schedule: Disposal of the property is scheduled to take place in Spring/Summer 2006.

Final Decision

A decision was taken on November 3, 2005 and was that the authority may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authority is of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.