Franta, Jaro

The current issue of the periodical Physics in Canada briefly mentions, on page 354, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), including how it came into being.

The article ("The Evolutionary CANDU Reactor - Past, Present, and Future") states flatly that "robust technical solutions exist for both long-term storage and permanent, passive disposal of waste fuel."

On page 353 the article explains that, " The concepts for permanent geologic disposal of waste have analogues in nature. For example, the Cigar Lake uranium ore deposit in Saskatchewan contains about the same amount of uranium as the spent fuel that will arise from almost 100 years of operating all the CANDU reactors in Canada.

The Cigar Lake deposit has existed for about 1.3 billion years under conditions that are far less resistive to the release of radioactivity than an engineered repository.

Just 5 meters away from the deposit, one of the richest in the world, the water easily meets drinking water standards for radioactivity content. "

It is unfortunate that the NWMO itself does not provide the relevant information required for citizens to make an informed judgment.

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