Let­ters

RCN News - - Contents - Howie Robins,

Let me be­gin by ex­press­ing our thanks to the many who have called and emailed their sup­port for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the An­napo­lis Project. We are de­lighted that the en­ergy and drive to fin­ish the project re­mains strong within the dive com­mu­nity. To­day marks one year since the planned fi­nal in­spec­tion would have taken place. The suc­cess­ful completion of that in­spec­tion would have re­sulted in the sink­ing of the An­napo­lis shortly there­after in Halkett Bay. This was be­fore the un­ex­pected dis­cov­ery of PCB’s within the chem­i­cal coat­ings cov­er­ing the paint ap­plied to the can­vas which holds the in­su­la­tion ma­te­ri­als in place. Look­ing at the time line, you can un­der­stand the var­i­ous steps along the jour­ney.

Nov. 2012 – planned in­spec­tion halted / ARSBC warns govern­ment of risks as­so­ci­ated with any de­lays, Dec. 2012 – planned sink­ing (date to have been set) – post­poned, Jan – June 2013 - En­vi­ron­ment Canada con­ducts tests / ARSBC awaits re­sults, warns again of de­lays, and con­tin­ues to press En­vi­ron­ment Canada for a timely re­sponse, June 2013- En­vi­ron­ment Canada tests re­sults con­clude PCB’s ex­ist / ARSBC be­gins work­ing with var­i­ous govern­ment agen­cies to de­velop so­lu­tion, June 2013 – pre­sent - ARSBC main­tains re­solve to com­plete the An­napo­lis Project. The ARSBC con­tin­ues to work dili­gently with var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments to se­cure govern­ment co­op­er­a­tion, sup­port, and re­sources nec­es­sary to com­plete the An­napo­lis Project.

The ARSBC has spent con­sid­er­able time and effort in its cam­paign to work with the re­spon­si­ble govern­ment au­thor­i­ties to find a so­lu­tion and com­plete the An­napo­lis Project. We have had many pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions with var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments and are hope­ful a so­lu­tion will be fi­nal­ized in the near fu­ture. We con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing within our power to com­plete this project as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.

The process has been la­bo­ri­ous. The ARSBC has been dili­gent and proac­tive to en­sure all ap­pro­pri­ate govern­ment au­thor­i­ties have been pro­vided with the in­for­ma­tion needed to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive plan to com­plete the project. The ARSBC is in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments and has spent hun­dreds of hours in this re­gard to en­sure our voice is be­ing heard.

We un­der­stand that se­nior mem­bers of the fed­eral govern­ment are aware of the sit­u­a­tion and the tremen­dous hard­ship that these de­lays have caused to the ARSBC. It is un­der­stood that we are seek­ing as­sis­tance from the fed­eral govern­ment to com­plete fur­ther re­me­di­a­tion work through the use of pro­fes­sional skilled labour. Deal­ing with the com­plex­ity of this is­sue within govern­ment is not a sim­ple, easy or straight for­ward task. How­ever, we have en­gaged the ap­pro­pri­ate govern­ment au­thor­i­ties in a dili­gent and pro­fes­sional man­ner. As a re­sult of these ef­forts we have been able to de­velop pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships within the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral govern­ment. We want to as­sure all those who have helped on this project that we have not given up, and while great un­cer­tainty still pre­vails, we will con­tinue to up­date you on any fur­ther de­vel­op­ments.

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