Schreiber Takes Next Step in Nuclear Site Selection Process

Terrace Bay-Schreiber News

February 4, 2014
Peggy Ireland Staff

Schreiber council joined the community liaison committee and a delegation from Pays Plat to meet with representatives of the NWMO on Thursday evening.

NWMO staff were in town to provide an update on the future steps in Phase 2 of the nuclear waste site select ion process.
Schreiber has been selected as one of four communities which will move forward with more detailed suitability studies.
The key questions the NWMO will be looking at are safe site, the well – being of the community, and the local citizenry’s interest in hosting the site.

Next Steps

This summer geologists will be conducting air – borne geophysical surveys to determine the suitability of the rock in this area. The two main areas they will be looking at are northwest of Schreiber, north and west of Winston Lake Road, and north of Schreiber at the north end of Crossman Road.

These airborne studies will be followed up by environmental and geological field mapping. The studies will allow engineers geologists to determine if the rock in this area is stable enough to allow for the long-term storage of Canada’s nuclear fuel waste which has been accumulating in various stockpiles across the country. Up to 10 geologists and expert consultants are expected to be working on the project over the summer.
The NWMO will also be hiring summer students and local guides with knowledge of the area to assist with the studies.


The NWMO plans include extensive consultation with local residents, Aboriginal groups, and Community organizations.
Funding is being provided to Schreiber’s Community liaison committee to assist the town in participating in the ongoing process.
Aboriginal and Metis groups are being asked for their input, to provide their knowledge of the land and their opinions on the process.
Open houses and outreach programs are being planned for the next several months to update local residents about how Step Two will affect them.

Year 2+

If the initial geological studies are promising, future summers will include further engineering studies to determine if and where the facility and its infrastructure might fit.

Although the facility’s total footprint will only be 500 x 500 meters, engineers will be boring four or five boreholes to the depth of 800 to 1000 meters. This could take up to two years, during which geologists will analyze the rock cores and the fractured network of the bedrock. Hydrotesting and geochemical testing will follow.

Working Together

Pays Plat’s Raymond Goodchild suggested that Schreiber explore the possibility of a partnership agreement between the two local groups. Mayor Don McArthur agreed to begin the process. 

Two Bruce County municipalites won’t be housing nuclear waste (January 2014)

CTV London
Published Friday, January 17, 2014 6:20PM EST

Canada’s most radioactive nuclear waste won’t be buried in two Bruce County municipalities.

Saugeen Shores and neighbouring Arran-Elderslie were both told by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) they don’t have the right geology to house two million used fuel bundles that once powered Canada’s nuclear fleet.

Twenty-one communities across Canada initially expressed interest in housing the underground facility a few years in and that’s now down to 14.

Storing nuclear waste

"We were all very pleased, a little bit of shock that the decision came at this time because we weren’t expecting it," says opponent Patrick Gibbons.

But reaction is mixed.

"Really it validates the process, I think. Disappointment? I really have no emotions…it worked out the way they said it was going to," says Mike Smith, Saugeen Shores mayor.

Smith says as much as he’d have liked the billions of dollars in investment and the hundreds of jobs, knowing they won’t house the facility ends division in the community.

"We had some people who were very opposed to the thought of burying this fuel here or even considering that, and there was some people that said ‘You know, I’m not too sure, but it’s worth a look,’" adds Smith

But Gibbons says the fight isn’t over. Three Bruce County municipalities remain in the running for the high-level facility.

"We also have Kincardine who is waiting for a decision about the proposed DGR for the low- and intermediate-level waste," he says.

A decision on the low- and intermediate-level waste facility is expected later this year and decisions on the high-level waste facility are still years away.

The NWMO hopes to have their remaining list of 14 communities down to two or three within the next couple years, but a final choice may still be a decade away.

Read more:

Northwatch | Box 282 . North Bay . P1B 8H2 | Tel 705 497 0373 |

Schreiber, Ignace, Hornepayne move to next stage of nuclear storage study

2013-11-22 at 14:31


Several towns in Northwestern Ontario have received a financial boost from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

Communities that have worked with the agency are getting $400,000 apiece for local improvement projects. And three of the towns are moving to the next stage in becoming the possible host site for a used nuclear fuel repository.

Schreiber, Ignace and Hornepayne were notified by the NWMO that they’ve completed the first phase of the preliminary assessment, and have been identified for further study.

Wawa and Ear Falls were not selected for more detailed study.

A total of 24 communities across Canada, including eight in the Northwest, have hosted open houses and agreed to learn more about the proposed underground repository.

Officials in Nipigon, White River and Manitouwadge are still waiting for the first phase assessment to be completed.

NWMO officials say they decided to give each community the $400,000, whether they were selected or not, to show their appreciation for getting involved.

Schreiber Mayor Don McArthur says the money can be used for projects, programs or services that benefit youth or seniors, community sustainability, energy efficiency or economic development.

He adds that he’s pleasantly surprised by the announcement, but points out the next phase will be a lot of work.

The NWMO wants to have repository built within the next 15 years.



Written  03 April 2013

Ontario News North

MANITOUWADGE, ON – At their regular meeting of March 27th, 2013 Manitouwadge Town Council unanimously passed a motion to continue to learn more about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s site selection process for a deep geological repository for long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

The general public had the opportunity to attend Open Houses held by the NWMO at the Rec Centre auditorium March 5th and 6th at which a team of NWMO representatives, including scientists and public relations and communications personel, were on hand to answer questions and walk people through the Open House. In addition to members of the public, among the groups who attended the Open Houses were the Manitouwadge Outdoor Enthusiasts, emergency services/first responders personel, and Town Council. (CLICK HEREfor full article, including Open House interviews/video). Editor Karina Hunter spoke with many of those who attended the Open House as they exited and all seemed to agree that Learning More would definately be their recommendation to Council.

Manitouwadge is the last of 6 communities in the region, still involved in the Site Selection Process, to pass a resolution to continue to Step 3 and keep learning more; the community joins Wawa, White River, Hornepayne, Schreiber, and Nipigon in Step 3. It is important to understand this is an “Adaptive phased management plan” with an emphasis on adaptive – communities decide which resources they will take advantage of to continue learning more and still have the option of removing themselves from the process should they come to realize at any point that this is not a project which would fit their town.

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Dryden mayor curious about nuclear storage benefits

Mayor Craig Nuttall and counsellors will travel to Darlington Nuclear Plant for information

CBC NewsPosted: Mar 27, 2013 8:22 AM ET

Dryden’s Mayor says he wants to learn more about nuclear waste, particularly if nearby Ignace is chosen as a disposal site.

Craig Nuttall said he wouldn’t want to store the material near his city, but said he is approaching the issue “with a very open mind. I am not saying I am for nuclear waste or against it but I’d like to learn more.”

Nuttall, two councillors and a hospital representative will all visit the Darlington Nuclear Plant next month.

“There’s going to be a lot of jobs available,” he said. “I think this is probably 15 or 10 years away, and I’m really interested in the job part.”

The trip to southern Ontario will be paid for by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

“We’re going there as a learning curve,” he said.

“There [are] at least 1,200 construction jobs and the benefit for us is that all the jobs, I understand, are over a $100,000,” he said.

“Where is Ignace going to get all these people for construction and so on, so I think it’s important that we look at it.”