NWMO Recommits to Working with Canada's Nuclear Regulator
[Left] Rumina Velshi, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and [right] Laurie Swami, President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), renew their commitment to a positive working relationship between their two organizations.
“Even when I’m helping to represent Canada at an international conference like the Waste Management Symposia, I’m still always looking for opportunities to advance our work at home” says Laurie Swami, President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).
Ms. Swami and Rumina Velshi, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), met early in the morning on the first day of the symposia and signed a service agreement recommitting to a positive and constructive working relationship between their two organizations.
“This agreement underscores the importance of involving the regulator early” Ms. Swami continued. “The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of the public and the environment. Together, we can ensure that the best science, technology and information is applied to Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of our country’s used nuclear fuel.”
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