By JORDAN ALLARD, Of The Standard
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:34:33 EDT PM

City council has formed a committee with the intention of increasing community interest in potential Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) Elliot Lake development.

The NWMO is proposing to construct a high-level nuclear waste repository in Canada.The full project is expected to be worth between $16 and $24 billion and funding will come from the nuclear industry instead of tax dollars.

Currently, the NWMO is meeting with the 21 communities across Canada that have expressed an interest in the repository project, and in response Elliot Lake’s council has formed a community liaison committee.

Chaired by councillor Ken Rastin, the committee includes members representing different local economic sectors – Christian Giroux (education), Dr. David Matheson (health), Pierre Vaillancourt (business) and Larry Parker (seniors).

The committee also includes five members representing the public: Mark Robinson, Ken Bondy, Ken Pierce, Sonya Cloutier and Pat Sterling.