Central Huron will still be considered to be a possible site for Deep Geological Repository for used nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization says Central Huron is one of nine communities to continue past the first phase of preliminary assessment.

Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn tells Bayshore Broadcasting News says there are three phases to the assessment.

Ginn adds the first phase did not require any action by council — just that information has been provided.

He points out the first phase is called the “Desk Top” which examines geology in the municipality.

Phase 2 focuses on deepening the learning and exploration of potential suitability within the community, and broadening learning and reflection to include First Nations and Métis peoples in the area and surrounding communities.

Ginn admits the DGR has been an intense topic in the municipality.

It could be located anywhere in Central Huron.

Ginn has also been watching the discussion about the proposed DGR at Bruce Power.

It has been a hot button issue because of the burial of low and intermediate waste with the distance to Lake Huron.

NWMO officials confirm the process does not mean the municipality has any areas which could technically house the spent nuclear fuel.

It simply means Central Huron has been identified for more detailed studies to assess technical, scientific and social suitability for hosting a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel.

Officials say it will take several more years to complete the necessary studies to find a preferred site, and Central Huron has not been asked to confirm it’s willingness to host the project.

As posted October 30 2015 at http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=79017