Meeting date: November 2, 2009
Mitigation measures seem to be working, but would it be possible to see the results of noise level tests?
NRC is currently working on this request. An email update will be sent to the community once the reports are ready.
The reduced operating hours was very much appreciated over the summer, but when in operation the noise and odour levels seem as high as before. What mitigation measures are being taken to improve this situation?
NRC has invested approximately $750K so far this year in noise reducing equipment. We are now testing current noise and odour levels to set benchmark data to properly assess the impact of the installation of upcoming mitigation measures.
With regard reducing odour from NRC operations, why are you simply trying to disburse gases elsewhere or higher in the atmosphere? We would prefer that you trap the gases at the source instead.
NRC is studying all possible options. A report detailing additional potential mitigation strategies will be delivered to NRC in January.
Can you confirm that the $3.7M NRC has allocated for noise and odour reduction will not be rerouted to another NRC priority?
This money is committed to this project. A multiyear expenditure plan has been developed and will be shared with the community.
Health and Safety
What types of fuels are tested at NRC?
Fuels typically tested by NRC are diesel and jet fuels as well as some new biofuels.
Will you reduce liquid fuel testing?
Yes, we are trying to reduce the amount of liquid fuel being used in various tests.
Is there any health issue related to all the odours emitted by NRC?
According to the 2000-2002 report, there are no safety concerns with the odours coming from NRC. However, NRC has agreed to accelerate its review of these important issues and will be undertaking new studies to reassess the emissions coming from NRC's testing facilities.
Have you tested your employees for potential health risks?
NRC adheres to stringent operational safety requirements to ensure the absolute security and wellbeing of its employees. NRC has a highly integrated occupational safety and health program in all parts of the organization delivered in partnership with its bargaining agents. Any incidents or injuries are well documented as NRC strongly values its workforce.
Location of Testing Sites
Why do you have testing facilities in populated communities?
NRC has to balance the community's wishes with its own needs and those of its clients, for the ultimate benefit of all Canadians. Whenever possible and practical, NRC does build new installations outside of the Montreal Road campus. For example, NRC and its partners built a jet engine icing facility in Mirabel, Québec, in 2007; and NRC recently finalized a plan to build additional aerospace testing facilities in Thompson, Manitoba.
Are third party users obliged by the same mitigation measures as NRC?
Yes, all current third party users have agreed to respect NRC's mitigation measures. In addition, all future third party contracts will include a clause to this affect.
There seems to be more testing today than 15-20 years ago?
Yes, NRC has expanded some of its testing facilities over the years. However, NRC has made a commitment to its neighbouring communities to minimize as much as possible potential environmental impacts, such as odours and noise levels.
Communicating with the Community
How will we know if something goes wrong at NRC that may have an impact on the community?
NRC does not foresee any potential situation like this. However, in the unlikely event of an unexpected occurrence that is not an emergency, NRC will communicate the issue via the RHPOA Executive and through NRC's email distribution list. In the event of an emergency situation, NRC will contact the City of Ottawa's emergency services.
Is there an emergency plan in place to inform neighbouring communities in case of an NRC emergency?
Yes. If there is a need to contact surrounding communities, the City of Ottawa will take over as it would in any other type of city emergency.
We have had issues for several years and we have often been dissatisfied with NRC's response to our letters and comments.
We are doing our very best to properly respond to all concerns and have committed to ongoing regular communications and community meetings to ensure a good dialogue with our neighbours.
When is the next meeting?
The next meeting will be held in mid-January and will specifically address the new Synthetic Fuels Facility. NRC will also provide a brief update on the ongoing implementation of mitigation measures and next steps.