The NWMO has submitted Moving towards partnership – Triennial Report 2017 to 2019 to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, and released the report publicly. This report meets a requirement of the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act and will be tabled in Parliament.
“Throughout this reporting period, bold steps are evident in all our work – in advancing site selection, in validating our technical solutions, and in leading by example with our Reconciliation journey,” said Laurie Swami, President and CEO of the NWMO.
To advance the site selection process, we narrowed our focus to fewer study areas between 2017 and 2019: from nine to two. We remain on track to select a single, preferred site by 2023.
In parallel with our site selection process, our technical program made steady advancements, including continuing to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the multiple-barrier system and learning more about the rock at potential siting locations.
We have also taken important steps in our Reconciliation journey as part of our civic duty to contribute to an essential Canadian conversation. Building on our 2018 Reconciliation Statement, we issued a Reconciliation Policy in 2019 that commits to measuring our progress on an annual basis.
Also included in the triennial report are our new five-year strategic plan, Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2020 to 2024, and a report from our Advisory Council.