SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

The dump and waste


Some participants were unhappy

with the location of the dump and

felt it is too close to town. They

believe smoke from burning

garbage negatively impacts some

residents’ health. It was also

stated that the cost of building a

new dump would need to include

building a new road, and is thus

prohibitively expensive for the

community. The current dump

has space to accommodate more

garbage but future expansion will

Polishing Labradorite at the Hopedale plant be difficult. The dump is located

very close to the cemetery, which

will need to be expanded in the near future. This is the only area of town where sand is found

and the only area that can be easily excavated. A system to manage scrap metal collection is

needed and would help alleviate current pressures on limited land around the dump.

Garbage reduction is especially needed in winter months. The town previously considered

purchasing an incinerator, but the cost and feared environmental impacts prohibited the

purchase. Voisey’s Bay has an incinerator but using it would require shipping waste to the mine

and residents fear transporting these hazardous goods may pollute valuable fishing grounds.

Some residents believe the provincial government is working on a waste management strategy,

though Hopedale has not been asked to contribute.

Radar site

The site of an old radar station managed by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War was

previously used for berry picking and picnicking. The area is no longer used because it is

contaminated with PCBs and residents fear the possible health impacts of spending time near

the site. If and when the area is cleaned up, residents hope to again use it more often, for

things such as picnics and recreation and possible community expansion, as areas suitable for

development are hard to find.

Community expansion

There are already plans in place to expand the development of the community into another

subdivision around airstrip cove. The quoted cost of connecting the town with the planned

subdivision (a road less than 500 m long) is $8 million and participants estimate constructing

buildings, water and sewer lines will cost another $20 million. There is no other desirable land

where the community can expand. Opening this new road would provide the community with

access to a much larger water source, small pockets of sand to use for building and an easier

location to haul wood in from the ice. Some of the potential issues associated with building the


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