Vision in Motion

Vision in Motion is our plan to clean up, renew, and improve the appearance of the Port Hope Conversion Facility.

Cameco's Vision in Motion is a long-term investment in its conversion facility that is made possible by work now under way through the Government of Canada's Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) to address historic low-level waste issues in the Municipality of Port Hope. It is necessary for the two projects to align on timing as major work cannot begin until the long term low-level radioactive waste management facility is ready to accept wastes.

The project includes:

  • removal of up to 150,000 cubic metres of inherited waste materials, including some soil excavation;
  • removal of some of the site's older or under-utilized buildings;
  • construction and refurbishment of buildings to improve the look and efficiency of our site;
  • installation of flood protection barriers which will also provide radiation, noise and visual shielding along the eastern fence-line;
  • improvements to storm water management infrastructure; and,
  • fence line shifts away from the harbour along the inner harbour and at the south end of the facility.

Environmental Assessment

The regulatory approval process for the project began in June 2006 with submission of a project description to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). In May 2009, the CNSC released the final environmental assessment (EA) guidelines for the project.

In 2010, Cameco submitted the environmental impact statement for the project to the CNSC. The document underwent rigorous review by technical experts at a number of federal and provincial agencies. CNSC staff used the technical information found in that document to prepare a draft comprehensive study report, which was released to the public in 2011. The EA was accepted by the federal Minister of the Environment in December 2012. In February 2013, the CNSC issued a Course of Action Decision Statement confirming acceptance by the Commission.

Community Engagement

Since the project was first announced in 2002, Cameco has actively engaged with the community, including the Municipality of Port Hope and local residents, to share information and help shape the Vision in Motion project.

Vision in Motion has been a major component of Cameco's display at the annual Port Hope Fair since 2006, where employees present information about the project and answer questions. Updates about the project are also regularly provided at Cameco's Community Forums and in "Energize," Cameco's newsletter to Port Hope residents.