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Public session on Port Hope cleanup planned for Thursday

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Low Level Radioative Waste testing in road allowances in Port Hope are continuing as part of identifying where such waste is located for clean-up and long-term storage.VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Low Level Radioative Waste testing in road allowances in Port Hope are continuing as part of identifying where such waste is located for clean-up and long-term storage.VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE -- People can find out the status of the multi-million dollar clean up Low Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) in Port Hope at a public information session this Thursday, Oct. 19.

They can also learn about associated job opportunities.

Clean up of the existing LLRW on the site of the Port Hope engineered, "above-ground mound" that will be the long-term repository of the waste located throughout the community, began last year.

"The first cell of the engineered aboveground mound will be completed this fall. Construction of the three remaining cells will begin next year. Operation of the long-term waste management facility during receipt and placement of waste is scheduled to take place between 2018 and 2023," spokesperson Bill Daly stated in an e-mail interview.

 Every property in Port Hope is undergoing radiological testing and a separate investigation of road allowances is underway so that once verified, the waste can be moved.

"We anticipate that the majority of the road allowance investigation work will be complete by next spring," Daly stated. "Some further investigations may be required later on depending on results of the investigations

"...The clean up of sites from within the Municipality of Port Hope will begin in spring 2018. All of the historic low-level radioactive waste from sites within the community will be transported to the engineered mound for long-term safe storage."

It is expected about 1.2-million cubic metres of this historic radioactive waste will be moved dating back to when the Federal Government owned the forerunner of Cameco in Port Hope, at that time called Eldorado which was involved in the Manhattan Project which produced the first nuclear weapon during WWII.

"Engineering staff will be on hand to discuss the ongoing construction of the engineered above-ground storage mound, and environmental technicians will give dust and noise monitoring demonstrations," Daly said. "The information session will also feature information about Canadian Nuclear Laboratories job opportunities and a model of the long-term waste management facility and aboveground engineered mound."

The information session take place Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Port Hope Lions Centre at 29 Thomas St., Port Hope.

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