An important press release from the folks bringing you the cleanup of low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope has been released.

The first truckloads of contaminated soil have been trucked to the long-term storage facility.

With the cleanup underway, waste transfer from sites in various locations around Port Hope is on schedule according to the release.

“After more than a decade of planning and project development, the very first load of historic low-level radioactive waste has been placed in safe, long-term storage in Port Hope,” said Craig Hebert, General Manager of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) Historic Waste Program Management Office.

The legacy facility contains approximately 450,000 cubic metres of waste that was placed at the site in the 1940s and 1950s according to CNL. It is within the boundaries of the Port Hope Area Initiative’s (PHAI) new long-term waste management facility located south of Highway 401 between Baulch Road and Brand Road. CNL is undertaking the PHAI on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a federal Crown corporation.

A major transfer of waste is scheduled to begin with the removal of the three temporary storage sites in Port Hope. Waste that is under tarps at the Centre Pier, near the municipal sewage treatment plant and as well as at the Pine Street North Extension in the Highland Drive Landfill will be carted to the “engineered above ground mound.”

The start of clean-up work represents another significant milestone for the project,” said Hebert. “We remain committed to ensuring it is completed safely and efficiently to the benefit of the Port Hope community.”

For more information, please contact: Bill Daly

Communications Specialist, Historic Waste Program Management Office, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

905.885.0291: General information: info@phai.ca