NWMO rolling out next steps for site selection for DGR project

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is providing updates on its site selection process regarding the deep geological repository.

NWMO Vice President of Site Selection Ben Belfadhel was at South Bruce Council Tuesday night and said the next phase involves inspecting possibly suitable land for the project.

“One of the criteria we’re going to use to select the site is safety,” he said. “Safety is paramount. So we want to make sure that the geology of the area is suitable.”

The NWMO wants to have a site picked by 2023, and there are five communities left in the process, including South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss.

Local landowners are encouraged to offer up their land to be inspected, and potentially enter a partnership with the NWMO if their land is suitable.

In terms of what needs to take place on any private land that is offered for use, certain non-invasive tests need to be don, according to Belfadhel.

“What we are planning to do is deep bore-hole drilling, to investigate the geology there, and we are also planning to do geo-physical surveys, these are surface activities, and also environmental studies.”

Landowners who wish to learn more, or offer their land to be studied, and potentially purchased for use in the DGR project, can go to one of the NWMO Learn More centres locally, or find more information on their website. The NWMO wants a site selected by 2023.

The NWMO also notes that the project will not go forward in any of the remaining candidate areas without full approval from the local communities, Indigenous and Metis groups, and landowners.

During this period of site selection, the NWMO Learn More Centres are using extended hours. The offices are open Tuesday to Saturday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The hours on Thursday are 9 a.m. until 9 pm, and on Friday and Saturday, the hours are 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The centres are in Ripley and Teeswater, and the website is www.nwmo.ca.

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