Port Granby. Image courtesy Clarington

Another step in return of Port Granby lands to Clarington

The Municipality of Clarington said a study on Port Granby Project End Use Transportation Network MCEA has been completed.

The preferred solution is to keep the transportation network in the area as it is now with some minor improvements, including improvements to sight lines at the Concession Road 1—Elliott Road intersection and a formalized turnaround north of the railway tracks on Nichols Road.

Hundreds of acres from Port Granby are coming back to public use with tying up of remediation work, Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster told Durham Post in an interview last year. There is a proposal to create a nature reserve there (see below).

A Project File Report documenting the planning and decision-making process for the study is available on the public record until June 18, on the project website www.clarington.net/PortGranbyRoadNetwork.

These studies are for planning end-use of Port Granby lands in anticipation of the handover.

Map of Port Granby Project study area

The Port Granby Project is part of the Government of Canada’s Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI). The goal is to clean up historic low-level radioactive waste found in the Municipalities of Clarington and Port Hope.

In March 2001, the Government of Canada signed a legal agreement with both municipalities launching the PHAI and establishing a plan for the Port Granby and Port Hope Projects.

Within the framework of this agreement, the Municipality of Clarington and Canada have negotiated terms for the maintenance and use of municipal roads for the Port Granby Project.

Currently, Elliott Road from Concession Road 1 to the facility entrance is leased to Canada. At the end of the Elliott Road lease, Clarington can request removal of the road between the facility and Concession Road 1, initiate closure of the road or re-establish the road as a public highway.

The Municipality needs to make this decision within the context of safe continued operation and end-use of the Port Granby facility considering the functionality of the local transportation network, including the following:

  • The future role of Elliott Road, south of the facility
  • The future role of Nichols Road, east of the facility
  • The potential ultimate end use of the surrounding lands as a Nature Reserve
  • Emergency access requirements for the Port Granby Waste Water Treatment Plant (PGWWTP)
  • Ongoing access requirements for employees, site deliveries and hauling of residual waste from the PGWWTP to external licensed receiving sites.
  • Other items that may be important to local residents or other road users

As the study progresses, Clarington will host public consultations.

Learn more about the Port Granby Project.

View Port Granby project videos.

Proposal for a nature reserve at Port Granby

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