In this phase, NWMO begins to explore the fundamental issues raised in its earlier Conversations About Expectations. A number of activities will be undertaken to provide an information base for dialogue, to encourage the involvement of interested Canadians, and to bring expert advice to the process.

NWMO will also begin to develop a preliminary framework for analyzing and assessing the alternative management approaches. It will need to reflect the values of Canadians and to address the social, ethical, environmental, economic and technical implications of decision making.
Engagement and dialogue activities are planned to solicit input, advice and direction in the development of all of this material. All of it will be made available on the website to help facilitate an informed dialogue.