Elliot Lake Standard – Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:15:20 EST PM

Two area communities are moving into a more detailed study phase for the Nuclear Waste Management Organizations (NWMO) site selection for a deep geological nuclear repository.

Elliot Lake and Blind River will move to the next phase of the study along with Townships of Manitouwadge and White River, northwestern Ontario.

However, the Town of Spanish and the Township of the North Shore are being dropped from the study.

The results come after the NWMO completed the first phase of preliminary assessment for the six Northern Ontario communities that expressed interest in learning about Canadas plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

As we prepare for more detailed studies and engagement, we need to narrow our focus, said Kathryn Shaver, vice-president of APM Engagement and Site Selection at the NWMO. Going forward, studies will continue in areas with strong potential to meet robust safety requirements and for the project to align with the communitys long-term vision.

Preliminary findings do not confirm technical suitability and safety of any site, and at this early point in the process no community is asked to confirm its willingness to host the project. These findings do not affect work ongoing in seven other Ontario and Saskatchewan communities involved in the site selection process.