By Garit Reid, Lucknow Sentinel

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:30:14 EDT AM

An initial screening process indicates that Huron-Kinloss Township could host a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the long-term storage of Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The report was presented on Aug. 14 at a special council meeting at the council chambers in Ripley.

Explaining the screening process were Ben Belfadhel, director, Geosciences with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), and Bob Leech, a senior scientist with AECOM, a large, global consulting firm.

The NWMO has been charged with finding an informed and willing host community for a used nuclear fuel DGR, which includes a lengthy site-selection process.

Belfadhel said Huron-Kinloss is currently in step two of this process, which resulted in the initial screening process. There are about 20 other communities involved in the site selection process as well.

Belfadhel said if the community continues to be interested in the project, the next step would be a feasibility study, which would take about two years, followed by a detailed site characterization, which would take about five years at a cost of close to $200 million.

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