Armed forces to Resolute Bay: don’t come near our radar site

“The radar emits radio frequency (RF) energy that could potentially present a health hazard”

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This map shows an area west of the Resolute Bay airport that residents should avoid between May 20 and June 9 because of temporary mobile radar equipment that is set up there.


This map shows an area west of the Resolute Bay airport that residents should avoid between May 20 and June 9 because of temporary mobile radar equipment that is set up there.

In a news release issued May 20, the Canadian Armed Forces are warning Resolute Bay residents to stay clear of a temporary radar site that will operate about 1.2 kilometres west of the Resolute Bay airport between May 20 and June 9.

About 45 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including a mobile radar unit, are to arrive in Resolute Bay, one of the most northerly communities in Nunavut, to take part in a NORAD training exercise.

During the exercise, Resolute Bay residents are warned to stay away from a restricted area of about 900 meters around the temporary radar site.

“The radar emits radio frequency (RF) energy that could potentially present a health hazard if a person is inside the parameter [sic] while the radar is in operations,” the news release said.

The armed forces have put up signs around the perimeter warning people to stay away.

The purpose of the exercise, called “Amalgam Dart,” is to train Canadian and United States air force members in aerospace defence and detection, the armed forces said in a news release.

NORAD is a U.S-Canada alliance aimed at protecting North American air space.

People in Resolute Bay can also expect to see a C-177 Globemaster transport plane at the Resolute Bay airport.

The big, loud aircraft will be used to bring equipment and people to the Resolute Bay airport.

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