Used nuclear fuel is a byproduct of nuclear power. It must be safely managed long-term.
That’s why we are implementing Canada’s plan to contain and isolate used nuclear fuel, as well as non-fuel high- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. We’re protecting people and the environment, including water, for generations to come.
Canada's used nuclear fuel
What is Canada's plan?
Canada’s plan involves containing and isolating all the country’s used nuclear fuel underground in a deep geological repository. It is supported by international scientific consensus and best practices for managing used nuclear fuel.
Today, following a gradual process of narrowing down, two areas remain in the process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.
Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it.
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