NWMO Community Liaison Committees
As communities move into and through “Step 3” of the NWMO siting exercise, the NWMO requires / directs /encourages the municipality to establish a “community liaison committee”. While there may be some exceptions, to date the committees appear to have the following characteristics: they are appointed by the muncipality, their budget of approximately $100,00o comes from the NWMO, several NMWO staff attend each meeting, they meeting on average once per month, their advisory role is at least as much as advisors to the NWMO as advisors to the muncipality, the NWMO provides the CLCs with their web site templates, communication materials, and speakers.
NWMO Step 3, Phase I Assessment Reports Released for 8 communities
In November 2013 the NWMO released the preliminary assessment reports for the first eight communities to complete Phase I of Step 3 of the NWMO’s site selection process, and a summary report of the eight assessments. They are available on the NWMO web site at the following links:
The NWMO has released two additional multi-page brochures, notice of which currently slides across the screen on the NWMO’s opening page of their “main” web site. If you sit and wait, sooner or later it will slide by and you can click at it as it goes. If you’d rather not sit and wait, they are posted on the “Brochures” page of “Media” section of main web site. There’s a 28 pager on transportation and a 40 page project description which is an updated version of their earlier 8 page glossy.
Note that if you are looking for information on the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s web site there are two distinctly different “What’s New” pages. The “News” on the section of the NWMO web site with information about the siting process is at http://www.nwmo.ca/sitingprocess_whatsnew and includes all of the Initial Screening Reports released to date (as of January 2013 all had been posted except for Central Huron). The “What’s New” on the NWMO “main” page includes only the first few initial screening reports, and a links to a conference in 2012 and Annual Report for 2011. New publications are placed in the “Media Room“.
NWMO Initial Screening Reports
Part of second “step” in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s selection process for a nuclear waste burial site is the preparation and release of an “initial screening report”. Based on already available information the NWMO uses five screening criteria to detemine if ” there are any obvious conditions that would exclude the Municipality” under study from being considered further in the NWMO site selection process.
They follow more than just a standard format – only select sections are written specific to each community, with the bulk of the text repeated in each report. The following are links to the screening reports as posted on the NWMO web site.