For decades, Canadians have been using electricity generated by nuclear power reactors in Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.
When used nuclear fuel is removed from a reactor, it remains a potential health risk for many hundreds of thousands of years and must be safely isolated from people and the environment essentially indefinitely.
Today, Canada’s used nuclear fuel is safely stored on an interim basis at licensed facilities located where it is produced.
Like many other countries with nuclear power programs, Canada is planning for the future – beyond today’s interim storage.
Ensuring the long-term, safe and secure management of used nuclear fuel is an important responsibility we as Canadians share. Canadians have emphasized that safety and security are the top priority now and in the future, and that this generation must assume active responsibility for putting in place a plan for the long-term stewardship of used nuclear fuel.
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