Groundbreaking marks the start of environmental remediation in Port Granby

Clarington, Ontario (April 29, 2016) – The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) and its governmental and corporate partners officially broke ground today on the Port Granby long-term, low-level radioactive waste management facility in Southeast Clarington.

Digging in at PG

Left to right: Scott Anderson, Chairman AMEC - CB&I Joint Venture; Richard Sexton, Acting Chief Transition Officer/Vice-President, Decommissioning & Waste Management Oversight; Mayor Adrian Foster, Municipality of Clarington; Kim Rudd, MP Northumberland – Peterborough South/Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources; Mark Lesinski, CNL President & CEO; Craig Hebert, PHAI GM; Wendy Partner, Clarington Ward 4 Councillor.

Honoured guests included Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Northumberland - Peterborough South, and Adrian Foster, Mayor of the Municipality of Clarington. They joined representatives of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and contractor AMEC-CB&I Joint Venture in a shovel turning ceremony marking the start of work on the facility where historic low-level radioactive waste will be safely stored for hundreds of years.

“Everything is now in place for us to start the clean-up phase of this important project,” said Craig Hebert, PHAI General Manager. “Our contractor brings extensive international expertise to environmental projects such as this, and the PHAI has assembled a strong team to oversee the work with safety and environmental protection as our top priorities.”

The Port Granby Project will address a long-standing environmental issue by safely relocating 450,000 cubic metres of historic low-level radioactive waste away from the receding Lake Ontario shoreline for safe, long-term storage in the engineered aboveground mound facility being built approximately 700 metres north of the lake. 

The PHAI Management Office, led by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, is implementing these projects on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a federal Crown corporation.

“This important milestone advances Canada’s long-term commitment to clean up low-level radioactive waste in the community and restore historically contaminated lands. This project will leave an honourable legacy for future generations,” said Richard Sexton, Acting Chief Transition Officer/VP, Decommissioning and Waste Management Oversight, AECL.

The project is anticipated to create economic benefits for the region in the form of jobs, supplies and services as subcontracts are awarded for various construction activities and materials are purchased from area businesses. Since AMEC-CB&I Joint Venture was awarded the $86.8 million contract last July to undertake the Port Granby Project on behalf of the PHAI, the contractor has been preparing the long-term waste management facility site over the fall and winter for the start of this construction. The contractor has begun assembling the labour, equipment and supplies needed to begin the work this spring.   

“We have been able to source high-quality materials and experienced labour in this region,” said AMEC-CB&I Joint Venture Chairman, Scott Anderson. “Millions of dollars have already come into the area. Economically, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

While work is underway, the contractor will adhere to stringent health and safety plans, required by the PHAI under its Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission license for the project. Contractor requirements for the protection of the public, workers and the environment include dust management, occupational health and safety, radiation protection and traffic management.