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June 11, 2019

More than 350 students learn about the Port Hope Area Initiative

With summer just around the corner, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is celebrating another successful year of its local education outreach program. Over the school year, CNL staff spoke with more than 350 senior elementary, high school, college and university students about the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI).

Tailored to each group’s specific needs, the program is designed to increase students’ understanding of the origins of historic low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope and Port Granby and the community-recommended solution underway to clean up and safely transport the waste to secure facilities in each municipality.

CNL staff provide a demonstration of monitoring equipment for Fleming College Environmental Technology students

One of the many highlights of this year’s presentations was the invitation to speak to every grade 7 and 8 class at Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior Elementary school in Port Hope. CNL Staff also provided presentations in two grade 9 World Geography classes at Cobourg Collegiate Institute and the Indigenous Studies class at Port Hope High School, and hosted students from Loyalist College Radiation Safety, Fleming College Environmental Technology and the Ontario University Institute of Technology Nuclear Engineering for presentations and tours of remediation work sites.

PHAI Presentation at Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior Public School

“Our education program gives students a greater appreciation of the complexity of the work taking place in Port Hope and Port Granby, and the environmental science behind it.” said Bill Daly, Manager, Public Communications & Programs.

“They ask us insightful questions and show great interest in all aspects of the projects while getting a first-hand look at the wide variety of potential careers in science, technology and construction.”

As part of a comprehensive Public Information Program, CNL welcomes the opportunity to speak to community members of all ages on a range of project-related topics.

To book a presentation for your group, contact us at [email protected].

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