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.
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.
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.
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.