The Mid-Canada Radar Line (MCRL) was built during the 1950s in response to the perceived threat of a Soviet nuclear attack over the Arctic.
Key words: Mid-Canada Radar Line, remediation, partnerships, Aboriginal perspective
For many Canadians, especially those in the North, the national missile defence plan echoes past early detection systems, such as the Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar line, the Mid-Canada Radar Line (MCRL) or Mid-Canada Line (MCL) or McGill Fence, and the Pinetree Line.
Abandoned radar sites Mid-Canada Radar Line Site investigation.
Protecting the health of First Nation personnel at contaminated sites: A case study of Mid-Canada Radar Line Site 050 in northern Canada.
In this paper, we describe the safety precautions used by FN workers preparing Mid-Canada Radar Line (MCRL) Site 050 for Phase 2 of the delineation process and the health monitoring protocol that was tested.
Key words: Mid-Canada Radar Line, remediation, First Nations, PCBs, occupational health
Three series of manned and unmanned radar-line stations were built: the Pinetree Line, a joint Canadian-American effort, at approximately the 49th parallel; the Mid-Canada Radar Line (MCRL) or McGill Fence, a solely Canadian project, at the 55th parallel; and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, a primarily American undertaking, at the 70th parallel (Huebert, 2000; Myers and Munton, 2000).
To monitor the potential change in body burden of contaminants for all FN workers preparing Mid-Canada Radar Line Site 050 for delineation, Phase 2 (June to August 1999; approximately three months of work in the contaminated zone), we collected matched blood samples (before and after exposure on the site) for nine of the workers.