The Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) new Mobile Learn More Centre visited Ignace for the first time on August 1.
Community members had the opportunity during an open house to tour the Mobile Learn More Centre – a new tool for learning about Canada’s plan to safely manage used nuclear fuel – all under one roof. They also heard about the latest developments in the Ignace area such as borehole drilling. Events included children’s activities, a free lunch and a barbecue, served by the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee members.
Rachelle Davenport, NWMO Relationship Manager, and Chantelle Gascon, NWMO Community Liaison Manager, were available to answer questions.
“We were pleased with the great turnout and would like to thank everyone who came, including those involved in organizing the event,” said Ms. Davenport. “It was great to see the Mobile Learn More Centre attract both community members and seasonal visitors who wanted to better understand Canada's plan.”
Members of the community were excited to learn more about Canada’s plan.
“I thank the NWMO for providing continuous learning regarding the DGR [deep geological repository] project,” said Donald Cunningham, Mayor of the Township of Ignace.
“Very informative. I understand more on the project. Very safe,” said Bill Moore, a community member.
The Ignace area is one of five involved in the NWMO’s site selection process, which includes technical and geological studies (such as borehole drilling), as well as work to build capacity in the area. The NWMO expects to identify a single, preferred location in an area with informed and willing hosts by 2023. The project will only proceed with the interested municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area, working together to implement it.