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Key player in landmark Canadian environmental restoration efforts

As a partner in a joint venture, Amec Foster Wheeler is playing a crucial role in the Port Hope Area Initiative, one of Canada’s largest environmental restoration programs wherein the Government of Canada is providing for the cleanup and long-term, safe management of low-level radioactive waste.

In 2015, our JV was contracted to construct a new long-term waste management facility in Port Granby and relocate approximately 450,000 cubic meters of low-level radioactive waste and contaminated soils from a nearby existing facility, located on the shoreline of Lake Ontario, to the new one, which is being built away from the lake. The facility will isolate waste from the environment via a multi-layered baseliner and cover system.

The contamination is a byproduct from the refinement of radium and uranium decades ago when environmental regulations and practices were less stringent. Today, there are many stakeholders invested in the Port Hope Area Initiative’s success. A 2001 legal agreement between the Government of Canada, the Municipality of Port Hope, and the Municipality of Clarington launched the initiative, and  the public is being engaged in the initiative every step of the way.

Location:Clarington and Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
Client:Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)
Value:CAD$86.8 million
Scope:Construction and environmental remediation
Date:2015 - 2020