Buried near the shore of Lake Ontario in the southeast corner of Clarington are 450,000 cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste.
“It is a toxic mess. There may even be a truck buried there,” explained Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “It’s historic waste that dates back to the 1930s.”
That’s when the first radium and uranium mine began operating in the Northwest Territories.
The materials were transported to the former Eldorado Nuclear Ltd. refinery in Port Hope, where uranium was used for nuclear fuel and within the military and radium was used for medical purposes.
“There’s a story about being able to buy underwear back then that was infused with radium to put a ‘spring in your man’s step,’” said Mayor Foster. “That was before people knew how dangerous it was.”