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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Telewerx
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 42 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

In Port Hope, Ontario, a citizen's group, Families Against Radiation Exposure (FARE) took up the cause against the expansion of a nuclear fuel processing plant, owned by Cameco, which is one of the largest employers in town. Families found themselves pitted against the powerful nuclear industry, the town's leaders and even each other. The resulting battle waged between the members of FARE and industry supporters is the subject of Port Hope: A Question of Power. The documentary follows the community for a year and a half as some of its members struggle to find answers to serious questions about the health and security implications of the proposed production of an enriched uranium fuel product in Port Hope, a town which already has a 70 year legacy of uranium processing and thousands of tons of radioactive waste. While some in the community defend Cameco's plans, others take on the company, the industry, their own town council and federal regulators in a classic “David and Goliath” showdown that twists and turns through unexpected events and discoveries. “Our story is about concerns for the future. It's about minds and not money and how the sharing of talents can change the future of a community,” said John Morand, a Port Hope resident and town councilor.