Thanks to all who shared their thoughts on the best options to ensure all of Canada's radioactive waste is managed safely, responsibly, and effectively long after we're gone
Canada is safely managing its radioactive waste today, and already has several long-term plans and projects in place. However, there are some gaps in addressing certain streams, specifically low and intermediate level radioactive waste, that need an integrated, long-term strategy. In 2020, the NWMO was asked to lead the development of an integrated radioactive waste management strategy, at the request of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, as part of the Government of Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy Review.
We hosted a series of interactive, accessible, and collaborative engagements that welcome a diversity of voices. All thoughts and perspective played an important role in identifying the best approach to ensure all of Canada's radioactive waste is managed safely, responsibly, and effectively long after we're gone.
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In collaboration with waste producers and owners, government, Indigenous peoples, civil society organizations, and interested Canadians, we focused on:
- Taking stock and describing the current waste management situation in Canada in terms of current and future volumes, characteristics, locations, and ownership of the waste;
- Updating on current plans and progress in advancing long-term management and disposal solutions for Canada’s wastes as well as identifying the gaps that must be addressed;
- Providing conceptual approaches for dealing with those wastes for which no long-term plan exists, including technical options for long-term management or disposal, and options for the number of long-term waste management facilities in Canada; and
- Making recommendations about the staging, integration, establishment, and operation of long-term waste management facilities.
Thank you for joining us as we explored what is most important to Canadians and Indigenous peoples on this topic and helping us shape Canada’s strategy.