Port Hope Area Initiative begins radon monitor pickups

Port Hope, Ont. (January 26, 2015) ─ The pickup of radon monitors that were placed last summer in close to 1,200 Port Hope homes and buildings begins Feb. 2.

Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) staff will be collecting the monitors over a three-week period as part of the PHAI Property Radiological Survey that will test all 4,800 private and public properties in Ward 1 and a few properties in Ward 2 for the presence of historic low-level radioactive waste.
Property owners were sent a notification card in the mail letting them know when the PHAI survey team will be in their neighbourhood.

“In an effort to make the pickups as convenient as possible for people, we’re sending our survey team to retrieve the monitors on a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood basis, so individual appointments are not necessary,” said John Benson, Manager Port Hope Site Characterization.  “If that timing doesn’t work for a property owner, an appointment can be scheduled by phone.”

As a security measure, each property has been assigned a Site Identification Number which staff will reference when they pick up the monitors. The survey team will also wear CNL (formerly AECL) photo identification badges.

The Property Radiological Survey is divided into five campaigns. Radiological testing for properties in Campaign 1 – about 430 – has been completed. Campaign 2 radon gas monitoring is complete, and further investigations – exterior and interior gamma radiation monitoring and borehole drilling/soil sampling – are anticipated for summer/fall 2015 at about 800 properties. Schedules for Campaign 3 field work and Campaigns 4 and 5 testing are currently being developed.

“Port Hope property owners are seeing the benefits of taking part in the survey,” said Benson. “Approximately 400 property owners from Campaign 1 have now received Compliance Letters confirming that their property meets PHAI Clean-up Criteria and does not require remediation.  This provides peace of mind for the owners and for the community.”