Discussion Document 2: Understanding the Choices
“Consistently we have heard that the process by which a method is implemented will be as important as the choice of method itself. Very much a sign of the times, there were calls for strong governance, extensive oversight and clear accountability, along with greater and continued opportunity for citizen engagement. Notably, Canadians reveal an immense respect for technological progress to date, coupled with a sense of optimism about what the future holds. They want to proceed in a way that will allow us to continue to benefit from evolving technical advances and shifting societal expectations over time.
There are moments when this seemingly intractable issue threatens to paralyze us, but they are fleeting moments. We believe that a fair and responsible approach for managing used nuclear fuel can be determined. We are inspired by the wealth of Canadian scientific and technical expertise and a public prepared to share their perspectives and priorities. We invite all interested Canadians to continue to contribute comments, to raise issues of concern, and to participate actively and collaboratively in defining a workable strategy. The way ahead will only be blocked by indifference and passivity.”
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President
Extract from the Foreword to Discussion Document 2
In keeping with the NWMO commitment to share its thinking as it evolves, Understanding the Choices advances the dialogue on used nuclear fuel in Canada by:
reporting what the NWMO has learned from citizens and experts thus far,
describing what the management options being studied might look like,
outlining how the framework to assess them has evolved and,
presenting a preliminary assessment of the approaches for public discussion.
It is important that the NWMO continue hearing the views and perspectives of Canadians.. Through Discussion Document 2 an invitation is extended to consider and comment particularly on the way in which we propose to compare the options and on the strengths and weaknesses of the options themselves.
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