The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) submitted Moving towards partnership – Annual Report 2018 to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources.
The report highlights the NWMO’s progress in implementing Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel.
“The NWMO can look back on 2018 as a year where we moved from planning to action,” said NWMO President and CEO Laurie Swami. “We finished drilling our first borehole in northern Ontario to allow our site characterization work to continue. We began preparing for site selection and the regulatory approval that will follow. And our engineers prepared for two major trials to begin in 2019: the serial production of our proprietary used fuel container and an encasement trial for our bentonite clay buffer boxes into a mock emplacement room.
“In 2018, we took a significant step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by acknowledging historical wrongs in Canada’s past and the need to create a better future,” Ms. Swami said. “This acknowledgment formed part of our Reconciliation Statement, which was finalized through an Indigenous ceremony.”
On June 25, 2019, Minister Sohi released a statement regarding the Annual Report.