As the largest environmental remediation project in Canada, the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) draws interest from around the world. On March 8, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) welcomed 31 delegates of the nucleargraduates organization to learn about the PHAI. Created by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK in 2007, nucleargraduates is designed to recruit the next generation of talented graduates into the nuclear industry. Through its Footprints program, members expand their industry knowledge on a global scale and this year chose to visit Canada as a world leader in nuclear technology.
Meetings with groups like nucleargraduates provide valuable opportunities for all parties to exchange information and gain an international perspective on best practices for environmental remediation and the management of historic waste.
Delegates expressed their appreciation for the complexity of the PHAI and the extent of CNL’s Public Information Program. “During our week visiting the Canadian nuclear industry we, the nucleargraduates, were truly able to see the importance of the PHAI and the great passion for the work being completed by CNL,” said representative Arun Khuttan “The level of public engagement with local communities to complete such a challenging clean-up project is inspiring and we hope the UK and Canada continue to establish strong ties enabling learning across borders.”