The clean-up of one part of the DEW Line is underway.

The Inuvialuit Development Corporation, of lnuvik, N.W.T., has won a $l-million contract from the federal Indian Affairs department. The company is already at work cleaning up the Defense Early Warning Line site at Horton River, between Tuktoyaktuk and Paulatuk, on the Arctic Ocean.

About 40 DEW Line sites dot northern regions across Canada, including one near Great Whale River. They were supposed to provide early warning against attack by the Soviet Union, which no longer exists.

The Inuvik company has already removed highly toxic PCBs, asbestos, petroleum, oil and other contaminants from the site. About 5,000 abandoned oil drums were also collected. The contaminants were starting to affect the food chain, said the supervisor of the clean-up in a Windspeaker article.