Community Members Attend Open House in Huron-Kinloss
Andre Vorauer, Senior Technical Specialist for the NWMO, talks to Huron-Kinloss community members during the recent open house held at the township office.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and Township of Huron-Kinloss recently held an open house at the township office in Ripley to report back to the community on what we heard during the values and principles workshops.
It was an opportunity for community members to review the draft values and principles that emerged through workshops and dialogue. The draft principles that were presented included safety, trust, clear communication, informed decision-making, inclusive, community well-being, and regional well-being.
Community members were invited to provide comments by April 13, after which the project team will complete a summary report to be shared with the Huron-Kinloss Council and the community. Once confirmed by the community, the values and principles will set the groundwork for more detailed discussions moving forward.
The open house also featured material on safety, transportation, and project economics, and a display on the multiple-barrier system.
Huron-Kinloss is one of the communities exploring the possibility of hosting the deep geological repository, Centre of Expertise and associated facilities that are part of Adaptive Phased Management – Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. None of these communities, including Huron-Kinloss, have decided whether or not they wish to host the project.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. 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. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.