NWMO Statement on CBC News Article

Openness, collaboration, safety – these words describe the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) approach to implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in a way that protects people and the environment. Our organization’s mandate is to develop a plan for the long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel and our commitment has been to do this collaboratively with Canadians and Indigenous peoples. We have been clear throughout that we are implementing a plan to identify willing host communities for a deep geological repository where used nuclear fuel will be safely contained and isolated from people and the environment. And that this repository would only host Canada’s used nuclear fuel – it will not accept international used fuel. The CBC News article about discussions for storing international used nuclear fuel in Canada is not related to the NWMO or the work we’re doing. It is antithetical to our commitment to Canadians. The project is carefully regulated and will need to go through a rigorous impact assessment that is based on science, evidence and Indigenous knowledge. It’s what Canadians expect from us and from Canada’s plan, and it’s what we expect from ourselves at the NWMO.