TORONTO, ON – A team from White River consisting of Councillor Kevin Morgan and his wife, Economic Development Board member Jeanne Morgan , township Clerk Marilyn Parent-Lethbridge, and Tom & Shirley Bagdon also members of the Economic Development Board have travelled to Southern Ontario for a tour, hosted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) which began today.
The fast-paced two-day tour began this morning, Day 1, with a visit to the NWMO office in Toronto where the White River delegation will learn more about the NWMO recommendation of Adaptive Phased Management which the Government of Canada chose for the long-term care of used nuclear fuel , how this approach will be implemented, how the NWMO site selection process unfolds, what their community can expect in the learning process and much more while having the opportunity to ask any questions they have. They continued to Pickering for a tour of the nuclear plant and used nuclear fuel dry-storage facilities. At the Pickering Power Generation Station they also met with a variety of staff including a representative of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as well as Safety and security reps for the plant. Finally tomorrow, Day 2 will see the White River team flown to Ottawa where they will hear presentations at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) offices from representatives with the CNSC’s Aboriginal Relations, Public Safety, and Transportation among others. They will also learn how the CNSC is working through international collaboration with countries where the process of creating deep geological repositories is more advanced, and how Canada’s site selection process and eventual Deep Geological Repoitory and National Centre of Expertise will fit international standards.
There are a growing number of Northern Ontario Communities currently involved in learning more about site selection and what it would mean to potentially host both a Deep Geological Repository to safely and securely contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel and, as mentioned, a centre of expertise for technical, environmental and community studies which is hoped will become a hub for national and international scientific collaboration, potentially generating hundreds of jobs in the community and it is predicted, thousands of jobs in the host region and these employments, for many decades. It seems that the number of interested communities may be growing exponentially as neighbours of interested communities consider the potential for their town to reap the economic benefits of becoming the host site….