Showcasing the PHAI

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Port Hope’s community-developed solution to the waste left by its industrial past was a topic of interest at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Open House held August 12 at the Chalk River site in the Ottawa Valley. More than 200 people stopped by CNL’s Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) booth to find out about the history of the historic low-level radioactive waste and how Port Hope residents approached the federal government with concepts for its cleanup and safe, long-term management.

“How did Port Hope do it?” was one of the most common questions PHAI staff were asked.  “The credit goes to a dedicated group of volunteer citizens who were determined to deal with the problem in the community and in their own backyards,” said Alex Mahabir, Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Relations. “In the 1990s, that group worked with local government to present the federal government with a solution that became the basis of the PHAI.”

About 2,000 people attended the Open House, which gave the public an opportunity to learn about the site’s history that dates back to the 1940s, take a tour of the facility and learn about CNL’s groundbreaking research, and decommissioning and waste management work, including the PHAI’s Port Hope and Port Granby projects.

CNL will be hosting a PHAI-specific Public Information Session on October 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Port Hope Lions Centre, 29 Thomas Street. Information stations will display current and upcoming project activities, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about all aspects of the project.

August 17, 2017