During a three-year study, the public identified a number of key objectives that it considered essential to the project. These included public health and safety, protection of workers, and protection of the environment.
As the site selection process advances, health and safety continues to be the topic that generates the most discussion. People want to be confident that our transportation, construction and operational procedures will ensure public and worker safety, and protect the environment.
Safety Throughout the Nuclear Cycle
Safety and the NWMO's Technical ProgramThe NWMO’s technical program supports the safe implementation of the project. Core activities include the optimization of repository designs and the development of a safe and secure transportation system. The program works with experts and organizations in Canada and internationally to ensure it benefits from the latest knowledge and innovation in the safe long-term care of used nuclear fuel.
Benefiting From Indigenous Knowledge
Aboriginal peoples have a special relationship with the natural environment and unique stewardship responsibilities that are part of this relationship. The NWMO intends to work with First Nation and Métis communities in potential siting areas to apply Indigenous Knowledge to both technical safety and community well-being aspects of the site selection process.