Manitouwadge Learns More About Used Fuel Transportation (June 2014)

THE ECHO – WEDNESDAY JUNE 18, 2014

A day of rain was not enough to keep residents of Manitouwadge away from a great opportunity.

An estimated 170 people arrived at the Community Centre parking lot throughout the day on Friday June 13. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) visiting Transportation Exhibit was set up and ready to accept visitors at 11am.

Later in the day, Manitouwadge’s Community Liaison Committee was on hand to serve up a complimentary meal for visitors in the Community Centre arena.

A selection of beef/pork on a bun along with drinks and salads were provided by KG’s Bar and there was also dessert supplied by Linda’s Creative Cakes.

Both the NWMO representatives and CLC members were pleased at the turnout. Not only were the numbers high, but the level of interest and quality of participation from members of the public was also top notch. Among the 170 visiting public there were two visits from elementary schools who made the trip to find out more about the site selection process and the method of transporting used nuclear fuel.

The Transportation Exhibit features, as its primary focus, three large pieces which make up the transportation bundle which will be used to transport used nuclear fuel to the site of the deep geological repository. These three pieces are: the transportation package body, the lid, and the impact limiter. While the display was simple enough, the experience was significant because members of the public had an opportunity to literally put their hands on these pieces and connect ideas to real life objects.

Being told that the transportation body is one solid stainless steel box with a lid held by 32 six-kilogram bolts is one thing, but to be able to look inside the stainless steel box and feel the weight of the bolts used to fasten the lid is another.

A key benefit to Friday’s display was that the pieces were actually fully licensed and could actually be used to transport used nuclear fuel. These were not merely models or replicas.

While the focus was on the topic of transportation there was still plenty of time to discuss the overall site selection process as a whole, and members of the NWMO were on hand to review the process with each visitor.

Northwatch | Box 282 . North Bay . P1B 8H2 | Tel 705 497 0373 | www.northwatch.org

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