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23 February, 2018 21:10

The 2018 “Nuclear Waste Online” webinar series has been launched. The first session will be at noon on February 28th, and will be an update and overview of the nuclear industry’s efforts to find a burial site for all of Canada’s high level nuclear fuel waste. Click on the link for details, including how to register. https://mailchi.mp/740a4a3b4ce8/cfx8ccozgv

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NWMO report explains Elliot Lake’s removal from nuclear repository plan

NWMO Presents Mayor Dan Marchisella with a plaque thanking the community for its participation in the selection

Elliot Lake | NWMO’s vice president of Indigenous Relations Bob Watts presented Mayor Dan Marchisella with a plaque thanking the community for its work during the site selection process to find a location for a nuclear waste repository facility.

NWMO’s vice president of Indigenous Relations Bob Watts presented Mayor Dan Marchisella with a plaque thanking the community for its work during the site selection process to find a location for a nuclear waste repository facility.

NWMO’s vice president of Indigenous Relations Bob Watts presented Mayor Dan Marchisella with a plaque thanking the community for its work during the site selection process to find a location for a nuclear waste repository facility.

NWMO’s vice president of Indigenous Relations Bob Watts presented Mayor Dan Marchisella with a plaque thanking the community for its work during the site selection process to find a location for a nuclear waste repository facility.

Elliot Lake council was given the reasons why the community was dropped as part of an extensive search for a potential site for the location of an underground repository for waste generated by Canada’s nuclear plants.

The city was informed in December that the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) had dropped the community in its consideration of a possible site, located north of Massey, as a potential location. Three sites were considered and would have required partnerships of several municipalities along the north shore, including Blind River and Serpent River as part of the process of developing a site for underground storage of nuclear waste.

NWMO’s vice president of Indigenous Relations Bob Watts presented council’s committee of the whole with a report on the organization’s findings and conclusions. Councillors Connie Nykyforak and Lou Cyr were absent from Monday evening’s meeting.

The NWMO hosted several public meetings since the site selection process was started in the Elliot Lake area in 2012 and worked closely with a local liaison committee in a bid to find a “suitable site.”

“It‘s been a lot of studies done, a lot of work done,” he said of several studies done, including geological mapping to determine suitability of the rock formations where the underground facility could be located, long-term stability of a potential site, safety, access based on terrain. Repository construction, operation and closure, and partnerships with municipalities within the potential site location.

The report found, “complexities associated with the geology, limited access and rugged terrain,” as some of the factors that led to the organization’s decision to drop the area as a potential site.

As part of its mandate, the organization also looked at partnerships between municipalities, First Nations and Metis communities as part of the development and operation of a nuclear waste facility.

“Social studies and engagement with people in the area identified low potential to develop the breadth of partnerships need to implement the project,” the report stated.

“The decision was taking into account all of these findings both from social and technical studies,” Watts said. “The decision was made to conclude the study.”

Kris Svela for ElliotLakeToday, as posted 5 February 2018, at https://www.elliotlaketoday.com/local-news/nwmo-report-explains-elliot-lakes-removal-from-nuclear-repository-plan-831882

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