The first snowstorm of the season didn’t deter a strong contingent of contractors from attending the Port Hope Project’s Early Works 1 (EW1) proponents meeting on January 12. The morning-long meeting included a briefing on the project specifications and regulatory compliance, and a tour of the long-term waste management facility site where the work will take place. EW1 involves construction of the first cell of the Port Hope engineered aboveground mound, including installation of a multi-component base liner system that will isolate the waste from the environment. Following the completion of the EW3 site preparation contract currently underway, the award of this contract – anticipated in summer 2016 – will be another milestone for the PHAI, as it will mark the start of actual construction of the long-term waste management facility. Once Cell 1 is built and ready to receive waste, the Port Hope Area Initiative will begin the cleanup of historic low-level radioactive waste sites around Port Hope. PHAI MO Senior Contract Representative Micheline Lebrun said she was pleased with the turnout for the proponents meeting. “The construction industry has shown a high level of interest in the PHAI’s large and unique projects,” she said.