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.
Confidence in Safety
In 2022 we published Confidence in Safety reports for each of the two potential sites being considered to host a deep geological repository to store Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
The reports are based on years of research and fieldwork. They summarize the NWMO’s understanding of each siting area, including geological characteristics that indicate the sites can meet the project’s requirements to contain and isolate used nuclear fuel to protect people and the environment.
After a site is selected, additional studies will be undertaken to further inform the repository design and long-term safety case.