Highlights of Legal Agreement
agreement defines the terms agreed to by the Parties - the Municipality of
Clarington, the Township of Hope, the Town of Port Hope, and the Government
of Canada - for the cleanup and long-term management of the historic wastes
in the communities.
- It sets out the Government of Canada's commitment to proceed with a
process aimed at implementing community-defined approaches to the
cleanup and long-term management of local historic wastes.
- In each of the municipalities, the Project involves the cleanup of
existing low-level radioactive wastes at unlicensed sites throughout the
municipalities and, in the Town of Port Hope and Hope (formerly the Town
of Port Hope and Hope Township), certain non-radioactive industrial
- Subject to the results of regulatory processes, these wastes will be
consolidated and managed for the long-term in:
- two new long-term low-level radioactive waste management facilities in
the Town of Port Hope and Hope, one at the Pine Street North Extension
and, the other at the current Welcome Waste Management Facility; and,
- a re-engineered long-term low-level radioactive waste management
facility at the Port Granby Waste Management Facility in Clarington.
- Signature of the legal agreement initiates a 5-year environmental
assessment and regulatory review phase in which the Project will be
better defined through public consultation, technical and scientific
study, environmental assessment, and regulatory review, including review
under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Nuclear Safety
and Control Act.
- Under the terms of the legal agreement, grants of $10 million are to
be paid to each of the three municipalities that signed the agreement to
assist them in addressing impacts associated with the presence of
long-term waste management facilities within their communities.
- A program of property value protection will be established to protect
property owners from financial losses relating to the Project on the
sale of their property.
- Initially, the proponent for the Project will be the Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Management Office (LLRWMO), Canada's agent for the
management of historic wastes.