Fleming College and UOIT students learn about the PHAI projects

Approximately 35 environmental technician 2014_UOIT-tourstudents from Fleming College and 15 nuclear engineering students from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) visited the Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office (PHAI MO) in October and were given a first-hand look at the careers in science and technology for which they are preparing.

PHAI MO staff gave students an overview of the Port Hope and Port Granby projects, describing how historic low-level radioactive waste will be cleaned up, safely transported and stored at future long-term waste management facilities to be built in each community. Students toured the major waste sites in Port Hope, including the waterfront area, Highland Drive area and Strachan Street Ravine.

PHAI environmental technicians Lindsay Gale (Fleming College graduate) and Cyndi Boughen (Durham College graduate) - demonstrated how groundwater wells are monitored to showcase one of the many aspects of their work. Port Hope Project major sites project coordinator Jordan Tanner, and junior health physicist Aakash Joshi, (both UOIT graduates) shared their experiences in transitioning from classroom to workplace and described how they have applied the skills and knowledge they developed at school to their work at the PHAI.