The NWMO is Listening

A photo of an NWMO open house during the COVID-19 pandemic

The NWMO’s Response to the April 19th, 2021 Protect our Waterways News Release

Engaging the public and listening to different perspectives is key to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) approach.

“Right from day one we have welcomed public discourse about Canada’s plan. Not only did we consult Canadians through a comprehensive study, but we have been in active dialogue with community members in both siting areas and with First Nations and Métis communities nearby,” said Lise Morton, Vice-President, Site Selection, NWMO.

It’s unfortunate to learn that Protect Our Waterways is concerned about the NWMO’s perception of them and we are troubled to hear that some people in South Bruce are resorting to vandalism and violence against others with varying viewpoints.

“We want to be clear that Protect Our Waterways is a very important part of the community of South Bruce and we are committed to continuing to engage with them,” said Lise.

We do not condone acts of violence. It is unacceptable to hear people would behave this way and we encourage anyone who has information about these acts of violence to report them to police.

This project has always been and continues to be shaped by many views and rather than argue about them we should be talking about them.

Our goal is to make sure we provide those living in and near siting communities with enough information to help them evaluate whether the project is a good fit for their community.

Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the interested municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization implementing Canada’s plan to safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2023, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Ignace area and South Bruce, both in Ontario.