PORT HOPE, ONT. — Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has awarded two new contracts to clean up longstanding radioactive waste in Port Hope, Ont. as part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI).
A work package in the waterfront area has been awarded to Arcadis and is scheduled to begin this spring, said a recent media statement. The work includes the excavation and removal of waste from the West Beach, Mill Street South and the CN/CP viaduct areas, and is expected to be complete in 2020.
In addition, Milestone Environmental Services will undertake the cleanup of several residential properties and one commercial property as part of a separate work package.
Both contractors will excavate the waste and transport it to a new storage facility, backfill the sites with clean soil and restore the landscape.
The soil was contaminated from radium and uranium refining and the processing operations of the former Crown corporation, Eldorado Nuclear, and its private sector predecessors, which operated from the 1930s to 1988.
CNL is undertaking the PHAI on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a federal Crown corporation.
The project includes long-term management of approximately 1.2-million cubic metres of contaminated waste.
The work will occur concurrently with the remediation of three temporary waste storage sites, including one on the Centre Pier, previously awarded to Amec Foster Wheeler.
The larger cleanup of Port Hope Harbour and Centre Pier will be undertaken under a separate contract and is scheduled to begin in 2019.