Port Hope Area Initiative

Progress on the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) which includes the Port Hope and Port Granby Projects, is a priority for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and its federal government partners. The CNSC has regulatory oversight and approval of both of these clean-up projects. The CNSC has issued a licence for both projects (details belows).

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Project description

As a result of radium and uranium processing by former Crown corporation Eldorado Nuclear Limited, low-level radioactive waste was deposited from the 1930s to 1980s in the municipalities of Port Hope and Clarington. The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) is the Government of Canada’s response to a community-recommended solution for this long-standing issue. The Port Hope Area Initiative’s goals are the cleanup and safe, long-term management of the historic low-level radioactive waste in these municipalities. The project is being carried out by the PHAI Management Office, through a partnership between Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

For more information about the PHAI, visit www.phai.ca

One Initiative, Two Projects

PHAI represents a commitment by the Government of Canada to respond to the community-recommended solutions to this long-standing environmental problem. The two remediation projects under the Initiative are the Port Hope Project and the Port Granby Project.

The projects are moving forward in a phased approach:

  • Phase 1: The planning phase, involving environmental assessment and regulatory review of the PHAI
  • Phase 2: The implementation phase, involving facility construction and contaminated sites remediation
  • Phase 3: The post-closure phase, involving ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the PHAI-built facilities over the long-term

Read Commission Tribunal notices, transcripts and Records of Decision related to facilities in the Port Hope area.