PHASE 2: 2012 – 2021
Construction of long-term waste management facilities and environmental cleanup of historic low-level radioactive waste
The new long-term waste management facility will be located west of Baulch Road and south of Highway 401 at the site of the existing Welcome Waste Management Facility. Construction of the engineered aboveground mound, designed to isolate the waste between thick, multi-layered base liner and cover systems, and the facility’s water treatment plant and support buildings is expected to begin in 2013.
About 455,000 cubic metres of waste will be excavated from the existing Welcome site and placed in the new mound. The cleanup and safe transportation of approximately 760,000 cubic metres of historic low-level radioactive waste from other sites within urban Port Hope is scheduled to begin in 2015, once the aboveground mound is ready to receive the waste.
In summer 2012, the Port Hope Project began the first phase of the Port Hope property radiological survey to check for the presence of historic low-level radioactive waste at all properties in Ward 1 Port Hope and select properties in Ward 2. This extensive testing will be done in phases over a three-year period. For properties requiring cleanup, the removal of historic low-level radioactive waste is expected to start in 2015 when the aboveground mound is ready to receive the waste.
Storm water and ground water collection and treatment systems, environmental monitoring, roadway improvements and site restoration work will all be part of Phase 2.
In Port Granby, approximately 450,000 cubic metres of historic low-level radioactive waste will be excavated from the existing Port Granby Waste Management Facility on the shoreline of Lake Ontario and transported safely to the new aboveground mound, located on stable till 700 metres north of the existing waste site, along a dedicated internal road. An underpass will be built on Lakeshore Road so that no waste travels on public roads.
Other important project components include the construction of a water treatment plant – which will remove up to 99 per cent of most contaminants – and roadway improvements, including upgrading Elliott Road, which will allow the transportation of clean construction material to the site with minimal disruption to the community.