Friday, 6 May 2016

Oversight of nuclear substances in Fort McMurray area

Amazing what can be dug up.  Perhaps something to keep an eye on?

"Low-level”nuclear substances at Fort McMurray?

No link for the following, but it is a quote:

"The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)’s Calgary office is actively involved in the regulatory oversight of nuclear substances and radiation devices in the Fort McMurray area. CNSC staff are currently working with licensees impacted by the forest fires to ensure the safe storage of all inventories. An update on the situation will be provided at an upcoming Commission meeting."

Thanks to Ray Masalas for the heads-up

"Historic low-level waste consists of soil contaminated with uranium and radium, at sites located in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

This waste was originally managed in a way that is no longer considered acceptable, but for which the current owner cannot be reasonably held responsible.

The government of Canada has accepted responsibility for the long-term management of this waste, which is currently managed by the Low-level Radioactive Waste Management Office (LLRWMO), run by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. (CNL)."......

"From the early 1930s to the 1950s, uranium ore was transported over 2,200 km by the Northern Transportation Route (NTR) from Port Radium (on Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories) to the railhead at Waterways (now Fort McMurray, Alberta).

In the 1990s, AECL’s Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Office (LLRWMO) identified sites impacted by uranium ore along the NTR. The contamination was located primarily in docks and boat launches.

Radiological surveys conducted in 2004, 2005 and 2006 determined the volume of the waste to be approximately 10,000 cubic metres. Following these surveys the LLRWMO removed and consolidated most of the higher-density, uranium-impacted soil from the identified locations.

CNL’s LLRWMO is in charge of continuing to address the historic nuclear waste in Canada's north.

It is adapting methods of community engagement and technical approaches that have led to successful remediation projects in Canada's southern regions."

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