In December 2014 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) completed the first phase of preliminary assessment for three communities in Bruce County, Ontario that expressed interest in learning about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
Based on work undertaken collaboratively with each community, the Municipality of South Bruce and the Township of Huron-Kinloss are both assessed as having strong potential to meet site selection requirements and have been identified for further study. The Municipality of Brockton was not selected to be the focus of more detailed study.
In January 2014, assessment findings were shared with the communities of Arran-Elderslie and Saugeen Shores. Based on these interim technical findings, it was determined that further study was not warranted and preliminary assessment studies were concluded in these areas.
Preliminary findings to date do not confirm technical suitability and safety of any site, and at this early point in the process no community is asked to confirm its willingness to host the project. These findings do not affect work ongoing in other communities involved in the site selection process. It is expected to take several more years to complete the necessary studies to identify a preferred site and an informed and willing host.
Preliminary Assessments for the communities in the Elliott Lake area will be completed in the new year. All participating communities with the exception of Central Huron will have completed Step Three, Phase One studies. Central Huron began the process at a later date and will require more time to complete the study.
The first meeting of the Huron-Kinloss Communities Liaison Committee is on February 3rd. The NWMO will be briefing the Committee on the next steps in the process.
H-K CLC Member