January 22, 2015 – as posted at http://www.nwmo.ca/sitingprocess_phase1_findings_jan2015

In January 2015 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) completed the first phase of preliminary assessment for six communities in Northern Ontario that expressed interest in learning about Canadas plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

Based on work undertaken collaboratively with each community, the City of Elliot Lake, Town of Blind River, and Townships of Manitouwadge and White River are assessed as having strong potential to meet site selection requirements and have been identified for further study. The Town of Spanish and Township of The North Shore were not selected to be the focus of more detailed study.

Preliminary findings to date 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. It is expected to take several more years to complete the necessary studies to identify a preferred site and an informed and willing host.

The communities from Northern Ontario that completed Phase 1 of Preliminary Assessments in 2015 are listed below. Click on each to access their respective assessment reports.

Blind River, Ontario

Elliot Lake, Ontario

Manitouwadge, Ontario

Spanish, Ontario

The North Shore, Ontario

White River, Ontario