Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is committed to the safety of the public, its workers and the environment while undertaking this community-recommended solution to a longstanding environmental issue.
CNL conducts ongoing environmental monitoring to protect human health and the environment and ensure effects from construction and waste excavation activities are minimized. 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.
CNL monitors both air quality at all work sites and the near vicinity to ensure measures to reduce dust and radon at work sites and the long-term waste management facility are effective. Noise monitoring is conducted at work sites and along transportation routes.
The Terrestrial Environment includes trees, plants and wildlife and the habitats that support these species including species at risk. Adverse environmental effects on trees, plants and wildlife will be minimized or avoided through a number of mitigation measures including timing restrictions on clearing, and project design. Once a site has been remediated and restored, the success of habitat rehabilitation will be verified.
Location of active migratory bird nests if construction cannot be avoided during migratory bird nesting seasons
Regular sampling measures groundwater quality, levels and flow direction at the long-term waste management facility and at other major cleanup sites. At cleanup sites, verification is conducted to confirm that sites contaminated with low-level radioactive waste have been cleaned up to the required clean-up criteria.
CNL monitors water quality, fish and fish habitat to ensure measures are effective in preventing the release of contaminants into watercourses and to track the recovery of conditions in Port Hope Harbour after cleanup and habitat improvement.
CNL’s environmental monitoring incorporates the Socio-economic environment, Indigenous interests (focused on traditional use of lands and resources) and cumulative effects.