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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Port Hope Area Initiative, Ontario

ECC is safely performing multiple projects as part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) and the remediation of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Since 2016, ECC completed preparation works and construction of the Long-Term Waste Management Facility (LTWMF) to safely store 1.2 million cubic metres of LLRW from various Port Hope sites for the next 500 years, which is one of the most complex and high-profile projects in Ontario, Canada. ECC excavated, segregated, and stockpiled LLRW; and constructed a highly engineered storage facility with a leachate pumping system connecting cells to the Port Hope groundwater treatment system. Once the storage facility was completed, ECC operated the receiving facility by accepting various types of LLWR and other contaminants, loading the materials within the LTWMF cells, and clearing and decontaminating vehicles prior to returning them to public roadways. Since 2022, ECC has been working on four other large-scale/industrial sites as part of the broader PHAI program. The work includes the remediation design and the remediation and restoration of project sites contaminated with LLRW, hazardous waste polychlorinated biphenyls, hydrocarbons, volatile organic contaminants, and asbestos.

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