Cal-Cheak, British Columbia — The Army is leading the way during Operation PODIUM to ensure no environmental footprint is left behind when the troops re-deploy. Op PODIUM is the Canadian Forces’ (CF) contribution to security at the games.
Task Force Whistler, within the Land Component Command, has taken many proactive steps to ensure that the environment remains intact for all to enjoy.
“Here on Operation PODIUM, we are doing the best job I think we’ve ever done with respect to the environment and taking steps to mitigate our effects on the environment,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Flint, commanding officer of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (CER).
Ready to deploy
If any problems do arise, the spill response team from 1 CER is ready to deploy. The combat engineer team is equipped to clean up spills of up to 200 litres. When they arrive on the scene, the team will find the source of the spill and immediately stop it or plug any leaks.
The team will cordon off the contaminated area using a spill berm and begin to remove any contaminated soil. An aluminum shovel will be used to prevent any sparks while the soil is bagged and disposed of properly.
All environmental issues and rules in the CF are governed by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which came into effect in 1999. The Act is aimed at preventing pollution and protecting the environment.
Article and photos by Sgt Dan Milburn, Army News, Edmonton.