By Mary Golem

Monday, October 1, 2012 2:35:35 EDT PM

ARRAN-ELDERSLIE – Unlike in its neighbouring municipality of Saugeen Shores, there has been no public opposition or even questions regarding the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie’s decision in learning more about the process for selecting a site for Canada’s Deep Geological Repository for used nuclear fuel.
Opposition to the proposal has been strongest in Saugeen Shores.

Representatives of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) were at Arran-Elderslie’s regular meeting of council to present results of its initial screening process for potential host municipalities.
According to the NWMO report, there is no obvious reason to eliminate Arran-Elderslie from the list of candidates to be a host community.

“The review of readily available information and the application of the five initial screening criteria did not identify any obvious conditions that would exclude the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie from being further considered in the NWMO site selection process. Should the community remain interested in continuing with the site selection process, several years of progressively more detailed studies would be required to confirm and demonstrate whether Arran-Elderslie contains sites that can safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel.”

A site measured at 1 km by 1 km is needed above ground. An area measured at 1.5 km by 2.5 km underground with a depth of about 500 metres is needed as well.

Mayor Paul Eagleson said council wants to hear from the public before committing to further steps of the site selection process. Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the deep geological repository project and the site selection process when the NWMO  hosts two open houses on October 10 and 11 at the Chesley Community Centre. Each open house will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Residents are encouraged to drop in, meet NWMO staff and ask questions. Information material on various topics related to used nuclear fuel management will be available.

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