Community Discussion for Initial Research Borehole

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is working with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to learn more about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

In this current step in the learn more process, Phase 2 Preliminary Assessment Studies, the NWMO and the Township are hoping to involve local residents in planning for the drilling of an initial research borehole on municipal land to advance understanding of general geology across the community.

This initial borehole is for research purposes and is not expected to be a repository site. The Township of Huron-Kinloss has not agreed to host a repository and several more years of increasingly detailed study would be required before addressing this question in a way that involves community members. The research borehole will provide an opportunity for people to be involved in fi­eld studies and for the NWMO and the community to work together to learn more about the area’s potential to meet the robust technical requirements required to safely host a repository for used nuclear fuel.

There are three (3) municipal properties being considered for this initial borehole, as shown on the attached map.

Your comments on this study would help the community and the NWMO plan our work together. You may wish to consider providing feedback on the following:

  • What is important to know about each of the areas identified on the map, before decisions are made about where to focus borehole drilling at or near a potential repository site?

  • What about each area would make it a good site to drill a borehole? What, if any, concerns would you have?

  • Are some of these areas preferred over others for initial boreholes? Which ones? Why?

The NWMO and the Township are hosting an Open House at the Lucknow Community Centre on November 1, 2016 from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. and November 2, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Feedback can also be submitted at the Huron-Kinloss Learn More Centre located at 46 Queen St., Ripley or by calling 519-386-6711; or by returning the attached form using the contact info provided there.

Your comments on the proposed locations for this study are valuable and will help the community and the NWMO plan our work together.


-Paul Austin

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