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NORAD warns Resolute residents to stay away from radar site

A radar site used by NORAD for a military training exercise emits radio frequencies that can be health hazards for humans. NORAD is warning residents to stay away from the site until June 9, when the exercise is complete.

Radar site to be used for military training emits hazardous radio frequencies

Residents in Resolute, Nunavut, are being warned to stay away from a military site just outside of the community, due to a radar site that emits hazardous radio frequencies.

In a release, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) advised that the radar site will be used as part of a military training exercise, which will run in the community until June 9.

The release advises people to stay at least 900 metres away from the radar site, located 1.2 kilometres west of the Resolute Bay airport, until the exercise is complete.

According to the release, the radar site "emits radio frequency (RF) energy that could potentially present a health hazard if a person is inside the perimeter while the radar is in operations."

Signage will be posted around the perimeter warning people of the danger, according to the release. About 45 members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be in the community to take part in the training exercise, named AMALGAM DART.

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