13. National dialogue on values
In November 2002, Parliament passed the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA). It required the major owners of used nuclear fuel in Canada to establish the NWMO. The initial phase of our mandate was to study approaches for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, and to recommend a preferred approach to the Government of Canada. The historical information about one part of that process is preserved here in line with our commitment to transparency.
The NWMO, in collaboration with Canadian Policy Research Networks, conducted a national research project to better understand the values that Canadians expect to be reflected in an approach to the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. A representative sample of 462 Canadians in 12 cities took part in deliberative dialogues during the winter of 2004. The project findings are reported here.