Port Hope 4th Grade Students Learn about the Port Hope Area Initiative

2017 Ganaraska Trail Rocks and MineralsThis month, Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) staff visited three Grade 4 classrooms at Port Hope’s Ganaraska Trail Public School to talk about the Port Hope Project.

As part of the PHAI’s Public Information Program, the material presented was developed to align with the fourth grade science curriculum focusing on rocks and minerals and has been offered to all Port Hope elementary schools. PHAI staff provided an overview of the Port Hope Project, explaining that historic low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) was the result of past refining and processing practices and describing how it will be cleaned up, safely transported and stored at the long-term waste management facility being constructed in the community.

Students then had an opportunity to “build” the engineered storage mound, learning that both natural and synthetic materials will be used in the multi-layered design to safely store the LLRW for hundreds of years.

June 9, 2017