Jackfish Journal – Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Submitted by Brielle Edens
On Tuesday June 5" the NWMO made a presence in Hornepayne yet again, they were here with a very large thought-provoking transport filled with important information pertaining to the transportation of the nuclear waste our community is interested in hosting.
As many of you know Hornepayne is one of fifteen communities interested in being the host for the nuclear waste, we are currently in stage three of the process and only two of the fifteen communities will make it to the fourth stage.
The NWMO had three large exhibits to show our community; they had exact replicas of the containers that would hold the nuclear waste. First there was the Body of tbe Package which is a solid stainless steel box with walls almost 30 centimetres thick, it weighs almost 35 tones and will be loaded with 192 used fuel bundles.
Many people don’t know but a single fuel bundle can power 100 homes for a year; this package would then have to past a rigorous amount of tests to ensure it can withstand all types of accidents without releasing any of the nuclear waste. The lid is then attached to the package using 32 six kilogram bolts each having a 48 millimetre diameter. Finally on top tbere will be an Impact Limiter; this is to have extra protection for the lid closure in the event of an accident. This Impact Limiter weights 1400 kilograms and is made of redwood blocks that are then coated in stainless steel.
Once all three pieces are put together the nuclear waste will be transported by rail or by transport. The NWMO is in cooperation with Transport Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commissions.
In approximately ten years there will only be 2 communities left, and one will be chosen as the host community.
But in the end the community will have the final say. There will be some sort of communal vote and tbe citizens and council will make the final decision; the community that is chosen will also have to make a drastic proclamation to the NWMO that we actually want the nuclear waste in our community.
"I think in total we probably had 90 people see the exhibit today, and we are very pleased with that. The citizens of Hornepayne were very curious and had a lot of questions which was great. Our goal is to demonstrate how Canada will safely transport used nuclear fuel to the deep geological repository.
We also bad two school groups come to the exhibit, which was wonderful to see as they may be the future adults invoIved in making declsions if Hornepayne reaches that point in the site selection process. At tbis point in time, no one is being asked to make any decisions regarding tbis project. It is a very long process and it will be seven to ten years before a host community is selected. Ultimately, the host community will require regional partnership with all of their neighbours including Aboriginals and Metis communities.
Homepayne is currently one of 15 communities involved in the site selection process.
We appreciate all the people who came out to see the exhibit today."
– Patrick Dolcetti; NWMO Regional Communication Manager
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