SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1995

Partnering for Environmental Restoration: The Port Hope Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP)


A Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is being developed for Port Hope Harbour, one of 43 Areas of Concern (AOCs) identified by the International Joint Commission (IJC). The RAP, when implemented, will lead to the restoration and protection of desirable water conditions in Port Hope Harbour. The environmental concern associated with the harbour can be best viewed as a historical contaminated sediment problem. Approximately 90 000 m3 of sediment located in Port Hope Harbour's turning basin and west slip are contaminated by uranium and thorium series radionuclides, heavy metals, and PCBs. There are several groups contributing to the development of the RAP. All of these groups have the common goal of developing an environmentally sound plan that reflects the views of the community. Strategic partnerships have been established that recognize the need to integrate and coordinate the efforts of all agencies, stakeholders, and the community. The objective is to develop an environmentally sound remediation plan through an efficient and effective management framework.

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Weston, SMC
Environment Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 297–305
DOI: 10.1520/STP16008S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5316-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2028-0