Mayor of Port Hope Applauds Latest Survey Results

    PORT HOPE, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Port Hope Mayor Linda Thompson told
councillors at last night's municipal council meeting that she was pleased
with the results of the 6th annual survey of public attitudes regarding the
clean-up of historic low-level radioactive waste in the community, and pledged
to continue to strive to keep residents informed of any new developments with
the project.
    "The <a href="">survey</a> conducted by the Port Hope Area Initiative shows once again
that Port Hope residents are much more knowledgeable than most about
radioactive waste issues, and they remain confident that the issues in their
community are being managed appropriately," Mayor Thompson said. She also
noted that residents confirm that Port Hope is a great place to live - more
than 90% of residents are satisfied with living in their community, with
72% being "very satisfied."
    Mayor Thompson said Port Hope residents benefit from having many reliable
and authoritative sources of factual information available to them, including
materials prepared by various federal government agencies, as well as Port
Hope's own group of scientific peer review consultants who have been engaged
to provide independent advice to the Municipality.
    The Mayor stated that Port Hope is a healthy community. She cited a
recent <a href="">report</a> submitted to Council by University of Toronto Professor Murray
Finkelstein, Ph.D, MDMC, an expert on the health effects of environmental
contaminants, as the kind of solid, scientific information that residents of
Port Hope have come to rely on. She added that Dr. Finkelstein's report is
supported by the recent Health Canada <a href="">statement</a> that concluded: "Health and
environmental studies carried out in Port Hope over the years do not show any
health effects from past or present exposures to radiation." These findings
are supported by many other independent studies. (Note: The executive summary
of the PHAI survey and both reports cited in this release are available on the
Municipality's web site at
    "Because they are better informed, Port Hope residents have a healthy
scepticism about inaccurate stories that are circulated outside the
community," Mayor Thompson added. "They demand the facts. As a Municipality,
we remain committed to providing this solid, independent information that
residents want."

For further information:

For further information: Mayor Linda Thompson at (905) 885-4544 ext.
229; Carl Cannon, CAO at (905) 885-4544 ext. 230; Mark Stevenson, Project
Manager at (905) 885-4544 ext. 252

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