CLARINGTON, ON, April 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today took part in a groundbreaking ceremony in Clarington, Ontario, to launch the construction of a new facility for the long-term management of low-level radioactive waste.
The Port Granby Project is part of the broader Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) — an agreement between the Government of Canada and local communities to develop and implement a safe, long-term management solution for low-level radioactive waste within the municipalities of Clarington and Port Hope. The state-of-the-art waste management facility will be the first of its kind built in Canada.
Parliamentary Secretary Rudd delivered remarks at the event, emphasizing the importance of the project and the Government of Canada's commitment to safe and secure radioactive waste management. She also highlighted the nuclear industry as a driving force for innovation and as a vital part of Canada's and the international community's clean energy goals.
"The Port Granby Project is an impressive example of what can be accomplished when communities and governments come together in common cause. As part of the broader Port Hope Area Initiative, it reflects our government's commitment to the safe and modern management of radioactive waste and our recognition of the nuclear industry as an important source of good jobs, economic growth and low-emissions energy."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources
Backgrounder - Port Hope Area Initiative
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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