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Cameco, PHAI holding information session Monday

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today


 A public information session to update residents about Cameco's waterfront/centre pier historical, low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) clean up takes place Monday night.

The Port Hope Area Initiative and Cameco Corporation are holding this joint session about the coordinated plans for the Port Hope waterfront-area cleanup and site renewal through the Port Hope LLRW Project.

The plan has always included space in the local LLRW facility, its spokesperson Bill Daly said in an interview Wednesday.

“Through the PHAI Legal Agreement, Cameco has an allocation of 150,000 cubic metres of Eldorado-legacy waste that it can take to the PHAI Port Hope Project engineered above ground mound for safe, long-term storage, which is currently under construction. Cameco is conducting this work through Vision in Motion (VIM), its project to decommission these former processing wastes and facilities and revitalize its waterfront property,” he continued.

“All of the waste was generated by the former Eldorado Nuclear and its private-sector predecessors before 1988. 

“Some examples of this work includes: removal of the historic waste temporary storage mound on the Centre Pier by the PHAI; removal of drummed waste from inside the Centre Pier buildings and building demolition to be done by Cameco; replacement and upgrading of the harbour walls so the dredging of the harbour can take place by the PHAI; and removal of contaminated soils along the Centre Pier by the PHAI.”

More about Cameco’s Vision in Motion project to clean up LLRW on the centre pier and the waterfront area of the Port Hope industry can be viewed on the company's website.

There will be displays and speakers at Monday's meeting, plus an opportunity for questions and answers, Daly said.

The 7 to 9 p.m. event takes place on the second floor of the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre Sculthorpe Theatre, at 20 Queen Street.

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