During the Special In-Camera Council Meeting, which took place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, senior management from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) presented the challenges that are being encountered while removing historic low-level radioactive waste from the first group of residential properties to be cleaned up under the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI). CNL representatives revealed that the soil sampling process, which verifies that a property meets the PHAI Clean-up criteria, significantly lengthens the time it takes to finish the work on a property. In addition, CNL Staff advised that the clean-up criterion for arsenic results in much more soil being excavated from a property than originally planned. CNL representatives suggested that the longer timeframe and larger excavations are a source of frustration to some property owners.
To address the concerns expressed by some residents and the growing challenges identified throughout the Project, CNL representatives shared the work being done to develop options that they will present to Council and Staff. CNL, AECL and the Municipality – with input from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks – will continue to work together toward solutions that will allow CNL to meet the Government of Canada’s commitment to clean up the waste and minimize some of the effects on the community.
Residents are advised that this update includes information that is not considered confidential in nature. Full minutes of the meeting are not made public because the Meeting was held in closed session, at the request of CNL, as items discussed at the meeting met the stipulated exceptions to the open meeting requirements. These included items that were subject to solicitor-client privilege and information explicitly supplied in confidence to the Municipality by a local board by Canada, a province or territory or a Crown Agency.
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