News Release: NWMO Website Launched to Engage Canadians

NWMO Website Launched to Engage Canadians

TORONTO, January 31, 2003 – The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has launched, a website to support its mandate of investigating approaches for the long-term management of Canada's used nuclear fuel.

"This website will be an important tool as we conduct our dialogue with Canadians over the next three years," said Elizabeth Dowdeswell, NWMO President and C.E.O. "It will evolve to provide a dynamic virtual environment where people can learn more about the issues of nuclear waste management and help shape how they are addressed."

The initial website, still under development, contains introductory information about the NWMO and its mandate. It will expand to become the central repository of submissions, reports, studies and research as the organization moves forward. It will also provide interactive mechanisms, including comment forms, on-line surveys and simple polls to solicit public perspectives throughout the process.

"Our success will be determined by our ability to engage interested Canadians in this important public policy discussion," said Ms. Dowdeswell. "An accessible, easy to navigate website is one of several innovative techniques we've embraced to help us reach Canadians and help them reach us."

Creation of the NWMO was a requirement of the federal Nuclear Fuel Waste Act which was proclaimed on November 15, 2002. The organization has a three-year mandate to study, at a minimum, three specific approaches for managing nuclear fuel waste over the long-term and make a recommendation to the Government of Canada.


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