News Release: Huron-Kinloss Delegation Meets nwmo
Tuesday March 27th, 2012
Huron-Kinloss Delegation Meets NWMO
Township of Huron-Kinloss representatives were recently briefed about Canada’s plan for managing used nuclear fuel over the long term and the process to select a site for a deep geological repository. A delegation from the community visited the Western Waste Management Facility on the Bruce Nuclear site where they met with staff from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The NWMO is charged with implementing Adaptive Phased Management (APM), the plan approved by the federal government for the safe long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
“Almost half of Canada’s used nuclear fuel has been produced at the Bruce nuclear site and is currently safely stored there on an interim basis,” said Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan. “Regardless of where a deep geological repository is eventually located, our county will be impacted. Learning about the project and the process only makes sense,” he added.
The APM plan emerged from a three year study which engaged 18,000 citizens, including 2500 Aboriginal people and 500 specialists in every province and territory. It requires that Canada’s used nuclear fuel be safely and securely contained and isolated from people and the environment in a deep geological repository (DGR) in a suitable rock formation.
The process for identifying an informed and willing community to host the used fuel repository involves a succession of increasingly detailed technical and socioeconomic studies to determine whether a proposed site is geologically appropriate and whether the project will contribute to the well-being of the host community and surrounding region.
“The NWMO anticipates that it will take between seven and ten years to decide on a preferred site for its deep geological repository and associated facilities,” said Mayor Twolan. “Ultimately, Council cannot unilaterally commit the Township to hosting a repository. The community must clearly demonstrate its willingness to be considered as a potential host,” he added.
The NWMO project is distinct from Ontario Power Generation’s proposed DGR for low and intermediate level waste at the Bruce Nuclear site. The OPG DGR project’s regulatory approvals process will continue to unfold as planned and will focus on the low and intermediate level waste streams generated by OPG- owned or –operated reactors. The APM process is completely separate and will accommodate all of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
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