Written  03 April 2013

Ontario News North

MANITOUWADGE, ON – At their regular meeting of March 27th, 2013 Manitouwadge Town Council unanimously passed a motion to continue to learn more about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s site selection process for a deep geological repository for long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

The general public had the opportunity to attend Open Houses held by the NWMO at the Rec Centre auditorium March 5th and 6th at which a team of NWMO representatives, including scientists and public relations and communications personel, were on hand to answer questions and walk people through the Open House. In addition to members of the public, among the groups who attended the Open Houses were the Manitouwadge Outdoor Enthusiasts, emergency services/first responders personel, and Town Council. (CLICK HEREfor full article, including Open House interviews/video). OntarioNewsNorth.com Editor Karina Hunter spoke with many of those who attended the Open House as they exited and all seemed to agree that Learning More would definately be their recommendation to Council.

Manitouwadge is the last of 6 communities in the region, still involved in the Site Selection Process, to pass a resolution to continue to Step 3 and keep learning more; the community joins Wawa, White River, Hornepayne, Schreiber, and Nipigon in Step 3. It is important to understand this is an “Adaptive phased management plan” with an emphasis on adaptive – communities decide which resources they will take advantage of to continue learning more and still have the option of removing themselves from the process should they come to realize at any point that this is not a project which would fit their town.

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