PHAI Waste Water Treatment

Port Hope Area Initiative

The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) represents the Government of Canada’s commitment to the cleanup and local, long-term, safe management of historic low-level radioactive waste in two Ontario municipalities. 

The objective of the PHAI is the cleanup and safe long-term management of approximately 1.7 million cubic metres of historic low-level radioactive waste within the municipalities. The waste is the result of radium and uranium processing in Port Hope between 1933 and 1988 by the former Crown corporation Eldorado Nuclear Limited and its private-sector predecessors.

The PHAI is being carried out as two projects - the Port Hope Project and the Port Granby Project. Each project has three phases: planning/regulatory approval, implementation and long-term monitoring and maintenance. Both projects are currently in Phase 2.

The Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office (PHAI MO) brings together a diverse and specialized staff from government, private industry and consulting backgrounds in fields such as engineering, environmental sciences, financial management, contract administration and scheduling to implement the projects.

The PHAI MO places a strong emphasis on community engagement and provides varied opportunities for information sharing and public input. The projects are expected to result in many environmental and socio-economic benefits, and the PHAI MO works with the local communities, academia and other levels of government to help realize these benefits. The PHAI is currently one of the largest environmental restoration projects being undertaken in Canada.