What is the PHAI monitoring?

Atmospheric Environment: Air quality, noise, odour

Geology and Groundwater Environment: Groundwater quality and flow; soil quality

Aquatic Environment: Water quality, fish, and fish habitat

Terrestrial Environment: Plant and wildlife, habitat

Human Health: Public and workers

Why is the PHAI monitoring the environment?

Monitoring allows the project to ensure measures to minimize effects from construction and cleanup activities are effective. It provides assurance that human health and the environment are being protected, as the environmental assessment predicted, and reveals if further actions are needed to reduce project effects.

A separate program has been developed to manage and monitor effects of the project on the socio-economic environment including transportation, real estate and people’s use and enjoyment of property.

How is the PHAI monitoring the environment?

  • Air quality monitoring for dust, noise and odour
  • Water and soil sampling and analysis
  • Continuous weather station data collection
  • Fish tissue analysis
  • Habitat monitoring for fish, birds and other wildlife
  • Human health: Review of monitoring data and determination of radiological dose to the public and workers


When is monitoring taking place?

  • Pre-Construction Phase - Six months to a year before the start of the Construction Phase to confirm and update baseline monitoring data collected from 2002-2004
  • Construction and Development Phase – During construction of the long-term waste management facilities and cleanup of large and small-scale sites throughout urban Port Hope
  • Maintenance and Monitoring Phase – Ongoing monitoring after the waste has been enclosed in the long-term waste management facilities and all low-level radioactive waste sites have been cleaned up and restored. Monitoring frequency will lessen as monitoring results confirm a return to baseline conditions or environmental improvement.


Adaptive Management

Adaptive management is an approach for responding to the actual monitoring data being received. If, for instance, during construction, monitoring indicates an environmental protection measure – such as dust reduction at the long-term waste management facility – is not working as expected, adaptive management ensures the project will make the changes needed to improve its dust control practices and adjust its monitoring as necessary.

May 7, 2014