Posted  May 15, 2012

Don Crosby, Sun Times correspondent

Brockton still wants to be considered as a possible host for the storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Council heard from representatives of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization on Monday that Brockton is one of 17 municipalities. By end of September, which is the cutoff date for applications, more communities are expected to submit expressions of interest.

The project would create 1,000 jobs during the 10-year construction phase and 400 full-time jobs for the next 100 years.

NWMO spokesperson Michael Krisanc said an initial report indicates that Brockton meets the criteria to move on to the feasibility phase of the evaluation. That will include public comment and a series of public meetings. Open house sessions are planned for May 23 and 24 at the legion in Walkerton.

He told council that Brockton has passed the initial screening phase as the agency whittles down the number of potential host communities � a process that could take up to seven years.

He stressed the importance of the community indicating its willingness to be host to a deep geologic repository for the long-term storage of spent fuel from nuclear reactors across Canada.

“This is a decision that will not be made by a municipal council. It will be made by the community as a whole; it’s a requirement of the process. The council can express interest in learning about this process and learning about this project, but the community as a whole is going to have to demonstrate its willingness in a compelling way in order to host this project,” Krizanc said.

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