A fresh approach to managing contaminated land

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The management of DND’s contaminated lands is a responsibility that was shared among seven different organizations, and now this function lies exclusively with ADM(IE).

After achieving Full Operational Capability on April 1, ADM(IE) is now the sole manager of DND’s entire real property portfolio. They will manage contaminated sites, groundwater monitoring programs, the construction of engineering controls to manage contaminated lands, and the environmental impact of munitions constituents.

ADM(IE)’s new centralizedbusiness model for real property management will significantly reshape traditional organizational structures, relationships and thinking associated with the delivery of real property programs. The contaminated sites portfolio is no exception.

While all environmental activities and staff functions associated with real property will now be managed under ADM(IE), broader environmental responsibilities and their implications will not. This includes training, operations, oversight, and material procurement. These functions, as well as local service delivery for the management of contaminated sites, will remain within their current Level 1 centres of responsibility.

Centralized management will eliminate many administrative layers and steps, allowing ADM(IE) to optimize performance and efficiency. These changes will provide value for money and will better align the Department’s environmental standards with the latest industry standards.

“Abolishing organizational barriers to planning and execution focuses our energy and makes it easier to share best practices and bring a fresh perspective to the management of contaminated lands,” said Ranjeet Gupta, director of Contaminated and Legacy Sites Project Delivery. “DND will now be in a much better position to draw upon the full breadth of our community’s experience in innovative remediation and liability management solutions,” he added. “I am excited at the prospect of improving our services and look forward to working more closely with the Department’s community of environmental professionals.”

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