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Storage cell construction to begin in early July

PORT HOPE - Construction of the first storage cell of the Port Hope low-level radioactive, long-term waste storage facility is scheduled to begin in early July, says Port Hope Area Initiative spokesperson Bill Daly, updating an earlier announcement that it would start this month.

The contract to do the construction work for Cell 1 was awarded to ECC/Quantum Murray, LP of Toronto, according to a recent media release.

The actual clean up and filling up of the cell won’t start until 2018, Daly also confirmed in an interview this week.

The cell construction follows clean up of the existing low-level radioactive waste storage facility south of Highway 401 and west of Baulch Road in Port Hope. That clean-up to prepare the site was done earlier this year.

The “highly engineered mound” is the first of four being constructed on the 55-hectare site to receive historical low-level radioactive waste located in various areas of the urban area of Port Hope and its harbour, the release states.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has licensed the project which includes a list of strict policies and monitoring to protect public safety during the construction and movement of waste into the new facility, it also states.

Construction of the nearby Port Granby facility is just beginning and in the fall it will start to begin low-level radioactive waste, Daly said.

vmacdonald@postmedia.com

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