Measures to protect the public and workers from radiation and other hazards are being incorporated into all phases of the NWMO's management of used nuclear fuel.
Radiation is a form of energy that is well understood and can be easily blocked with shielding made of materials such as concrete, steel or lead. The used fuel will only be handled and moved in shielded packages, with extensive use of remotely operated equipment.
Canada has a robust framework for regulatory oversight that governs the handling of used nuclear fuel. During the placement of used fuel bundles in the repository, workers and the public will be protected through a robust design. This includes, for example, use of thick shielding, monitored ventilation systems, and minimizing the extent to which the bundles are lifted.
Once the used fuel has been placed in the repository, the repository's multiple-barrier system will ensure ongoing safety to the public and workers over the long term.
The NWMO works with experts and organizations in Canada and internationally to ensure it benefits from the latest knowledge and innovation in the safe long-term care of used nuclear fuel.
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