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As part of the Historic Waste Program, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) manages historic low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) in Canada, under a cost-recovery agreement with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. The federal Crown corporation provides funding and direction for this role.

In addition to the Port Hope Area Initiative, CNL implements several other programs to carry out the responsibilities of the federal government to manage low-level radioactive waste called National Programs.

Committed to protecting public health and the environment, while performing its duties in a timely and cost effective manner, CNL responds to questions from the public, conducts consultation and stakeholder engagement activities and establishes partnerships to resolve LLRW issues within local communities.

Interim Waste Management

Construction Monitoring Program

  • Monitors excavations in Port Hope for potential LLRW contamination.
  • If LLRW is found, collects, transports and stores the contaminated soil or building materials.

Click here for the Construction Monitoring Program Consent Form

Property Compliance Program

  • Responds to owner inquiries on the radiological status of a property in Port Hope.

Historic Artefact Recovery Program

  • Provides technical advice, assistance, identification and management of radioactive artefacts found on properties across Canada.
  • Artefacts include materials or products containing radium, uranium or thorium such as radium-bearing dials, gauges, compasses, smoke detectors, and coated camera lenses.

GTA Initiative

  • Cleanup of historic waste in Toronto and surrounding communities.
  • Predominantly resulting from historic radium dial painting and radium recovery activities.

Northern Transportation Route (NTR) Initiative

  • LLRW identified in Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta along Eldorado’s transportation route to Port Hope
  • Impacted soil resulting from past handling/spillage of uranium ore along the NTR.