& Projects - Historic LLRW
For a 25 year period
between the 1930s and the 1960s, uranium and radium ore
was shipped by barge from Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories, through a
system of lakes and rivers to docking sites at Waterways (now Fort
McMurray), Alberta where it was then sent by railway to a refinery in Port
Hope, Ontario. Contamination at several sites occurred with the accidental
spillage of some materials, primarily at the transfer points.
Remediation work in Fort
McMurray first began in 1992. Between
1993 and 1996, the LLRWMO excavated and removed mildly contaminated soil
from eight riverside properties. The completion of the Fort McMurray
Waterways project in the summer of 2002 marked
the resolution of a decade-long endeavour to clean up and safely manage
about 42,500 m3 of marginally
contaminated soil from several sites in this northern Alberta city.
The Waterways property is now part of the community's public park and
trail system. The mound is a local, closed long-term term facility monitored
by the LLRWMO.
LLRWMO continues to
provide annual field inspections of selected sites along the Northern
Transportation Route (NTR). This is in addition to the ongoing annual
monitoring and analysis of groundwater, leachate and radiation in Fort
McMurray and the surrounding areas. This program is conducted pursuant to
the agreement between the LLRMWO and the Regional Municipality of Wood
Buffalo, and complies with requirements of the CNSC.