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Consequently, it was used as fill material under houses, roads and anywhere else they needed to fill a hole.The radium industry collapsed in 1940 when its lethal health effects became known to the public.One of the main uses for radium at the time was as paint for the numbers on clock faces so they could be seen in the dark.
The petitioner also raises questions relating to the low level of environmental assessment currently required for nuclear projects.
The waste from radium processing was dumped in the harbour and in Port Hope's ravines.
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Federal Departments Responsible for Reply: Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada 4 January 2008 Inadequate Environmental Assessment –Part1 Port Hope's Radioactive Waste Cleanup The largest radioactive waste cleanup in Canadian history is currently in the planning stages in Port Hope Ontario.
The project is being managed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), the Federal organization responsible for radioactive waste in Canada.