Port Hope Project on track to begin cleanup in 2018

PHP_Cell_1_20161118_071The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) is on schedule to begin cleaning up historic low-level radioactive waste in the community next year.

The contract to complete construction of the Port Hope Project Long-Term Waste Management Facility (LTWMF) and operate the facility was awarded in March. The new contract includes construction of three storage cells and internal waste haul roads, as well as installation and operation of vehicle weigh scales and portal monitors to track waste volumes as trucks carrying waste enter the site. The contractor will operate the facility, with PHAI oversight, during the receipt and placement of the waste from other sites in Port Hope.

DSCN8460Under an existing contract, construction of the first of four cells in the highly engineered mound is nearing completion. Work on Cell 1 began last summer and resumed in spring 2017, following a planned shutdown over the winter months. Final compaction of the high quality clay liner will be followed by the installation of additional manufactured layers to isolate the waste from the environment, as well as a leachate collection system to direct contaminated water to the new waste water treatment plant on site.

“The PHAI remains on track to begin the cleanup in Port Hope next year,” said Bryan Tyers, Director of Project Delivery. “This is a highly complex project in which we put safety of the public, workers and the environment first, every step of the way.” While work is underway, contractors must adhere to stringent PHAI requirements under the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission licence for the Port Hope Project. All workers receive training that includes occupational health and safety, radiation protection and safe work practices. On-site personnel in active work areas, where contaminated material is present, wear Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing such as coveralls, gloves, hard hats and eyewear. Vehicles, equipment and worker clothing are monitored and decontaminated before leaving the site.

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Another significant milestone has been met at the LTWMF with the beginning of the installation of the high density polyethylene geomembrane to cover the clay liner on Cell 1. This forms a part of the base liner system in the multi-layer aboveground engineered mound, which will work together to prevent contaminants from entering the environment.
May 24, 2017