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Waterkeeper presenting at Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) public hearing

  • Town Park Recreation Centre Gymnasium 62 McCaul Street Port Hope, ON, L1A 1L2 Canada (map)
The cleared dirt area, seen in the background, is the Port Hope Area Initiative storage site. (Photo by Dylan Neild)

The cleared dirt area, seen in the background, is the Port Hope Area Initiative storage site. (Photo by Dylan Neild)

The Port Hope Area Initiative is the largest environmental cleanup effort in Canadian history. Ottawa is spending $1.28-billion to contain 1.7-million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope and Port Granby.

For many years Waterkeeper has investigated the historical contamination of Port Hope and Port Granby and has developed significant expertise and institutional knowledge about environmental challenges in these communities. Waterkeeper has also built strong relationships with local residents who have been concerned about these issues.

As a leading expert on water quality monitoring and public water quality reporting, Waterkeeper seeks to provide distinctive and relevant information concerning excavation, dredging, and remediation activities conducted as part of the PHAI, as well as the adequacy of wastewater treatment and solid waste containment at the PHAI’s long-term waste facilities.

Representing Waterkeeper, Pippa Feinstein and Wilf Ruland, will make oral presentations to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in favour of stronger protections for water at the low-level radioactive waste storage facility being created in Port Hope. Waterkeeper is scheduled as the fourth presenter.  

Watch the hearing live via webcast!