PHASE 1A, TRANSITION: 2008 – 2012

Detailed design and awarding of contracts

Work in this phase included:

•  Establishment of the Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office governance structure
•  Detailed design of long-term waste management facilities for Port Hope and Port Granby projects
•  Preparation of schedules and excavation plans for cleanups in Port Hope and at Port Granby Waste Management Facility
•  Implementation of the Environmental Assessment Follow-Up programs to reduce and monitor project effects on people and the environment
•  Port Hope Project Trial Resurvey
•  Receipt of necessary approvals to begin Phase 2
•  Port Granby Project Environmental Assessment approved
•  Port Hope Project and Port Granby Project licences granted

Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office

The Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office (PHAI MO) was established in 2008 and is made up of staff from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). AECL, as the proponent, is responsible for carrying out the projects, which includes meeting the regulatory requirements. As project sponsor, NRCan provides the funding, and PWGSC is responsible for all major contracts associated with the Port Hope Project and the Port Granby Project.

Detailed designs

The PHAI MO worked with consultants to develop detailed designs for the projects, including how the cleanups and restoration of excavated lands would be carried out and for the construction of the new waste management facilities and supporting infrastructure. This work included construction of a new intersection and access road to the Welcome Waste Management Facility in Port Hope (completed in fall 2011) and testing of waste water treatment facilities for both projects.

Schedules and waste excavation management plans

Site-specific and generic waste excavation management plans were developed for the Port Hope Project along with the schedule for cleaning up the 18 large-scale sites – 13 historic low-level radioactive waste and five industrial – and approximately 400 small-scale sites (public, private and commercial/industrial properties in Port Hope). Similar work was completed to plan for the excavation of waste from the existing Port Granby waste management site and its relocation to the new long-term site.

Trial resurvey

The trial resurvey of 35 homes in the Port Hope area tested and evaluated procedures and systems for the comprehensive property radiological survey of approximately 4,800 public, private and commercial/industrial properties in urban Port Hope, which will take place during Phase 2 of the Port Hope Project.

EA Follow- Up programs

Plans to monitor the effects of the PHAI on the natural and socio-economic environment for the Port Hope and Port Granby projects were developed and measures were, and continue to be, implemented to reduce those effects.

Regulatory approvals

In 2011, AECL, through the PHAI MO, sought approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a Waste Nuclear Substance Licence for the Port Granby Project. On Nov. 29, 2011, the CNSC approved the licence application, allowing for the relocation and safe, long-term management of the historic low-level radioactive waste in Port Granby. In awarding the licence, the CNSC indicated that it was satisfied that AECL – as the licensee and the proponent for the PHAI’s Port Granby Project – is qualified to carry out the Project in a manner that will protect the environment and the health and safety of workers and the public.

In late 2012, AECL will appear before the CNSC to request an amendment to its current licence, which was granted in fall 2009, to proceed with Phase 2 of the Port Hope Project.

To request a copy of the Port Hope or Port Granby licence, please contact the PHAI MO at 905.885.0291 or email