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Open Letter to Residents in the Lansdowne Neighbourhood RE: November 19th, 2013 Community Open House
Ministry of Environment and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission both complete soil testing in the vicinity of GEH-C’s Toronto facility
Recently, the Ministry of Environment and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission both posted their results of their respective soil surveys conducted earlier this year in the vicinity of our Toronto facility. These tests are in addition to GEH-C’s own rigorous sampling program.
The Ministry of Environment’s report concluded the following:
“Uranium concentrations in boulevard, park and municipal right-of-way soils sampled by the Ministry in the vicinity of GE-Hitachi were all within the range of typical Ontario background concentrations and no samples collected were elevated relative to either the Ministry’s Table 1 background based soil standards or the MOE Table 3 generic based soil standards. Overall there was no pattern of either increasing or decreasing soil uranium concentrations with distance from GE-Hitachi. All soil uranium concentrations in this survey were relatively low and there is little evidence that uranium emissions from GE Hitachi have had a measurable impact on soil uranium concentrations in the surrounding residential neighbourhoods.”
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s report concluded the following:p>
“ There is no health risk to the community Results show that uranium releases from the GEH-C facility are not impacting human health or the environment—all results are below the accepted standards and guidelines and often below the natural background levels of uranium in Ontario soils. These results are also consistent with GEH-C’s annual reports and the analysis conducted by the MOE.”
These results are consistent with soil testing that we have conducted in the vicinity of our facility for more than 30 years. The results of our most recent tests can be found here (page 42).
In addition, we have received questions related to variability of soil samples from the MOE, CNSC and our own testing protocols. It is important to note that sampling results can vary from site to site, even within inches of each other. The most important factor in this data is that every sampling that has been completed by these organizations is well within or below normal background levels throughout Canada..
If you would like more information, please contact us through the “Talk to Us” button on this web site, or by phone toll free at (855) 696-9588, or email: GEH.Canada@ge.com.
What is radiation?
Radiation is energy in the form of waves or particles.
Radiation doesn’t just come from nuclear energy.
It’s all around us – and we’re exposed to both
natural and man-made sources of radiation daily.
Heat and light from the sun are examples of
naturally occurring radiation. Microwaves,
radio waves, and television signals are other
common forms of everyday radiation.