Canada's plan

The NWMO Briefs CNSC in Ottawa


November 8, 2017

Ottawa, Ont.

By the NWMO

On Thursday, November 9, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) briefed the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in Ottawa about the implementation of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. 

The CNSC is Canada’s nuclear regulator and will oversee licensing of the used fuel repository during each phase of its life cycle – from site preparation, to construction, operation, decommissioning (closure and post-closure), and release from CNSC licensing. 

Our presentation at Thursday’s meeting focused on updating our program history with the regulator, ensuring that the Commission understands the basis for our site selection and technical programs.

Click here to read our CNSC Commission Member Document (CMD).
About the NWMO

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.
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The NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada's nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).

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