Selecting a site

APM Initial Screening – Township of Red Rock

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June 1, 2011

Toronto, Ont.

By the NWMO

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As described in the Process for Selecting a Site for Canada’s Deep Geological Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel (May 2010) and at the request of the Township of Red Rock to Learn More about the Adaptive Phased Management program and for an initial screening, the NWMO has had a report prepared that outlines the findings from the initial screening.

The purpose of the initial screening in Step 2 of the process is to determine whether, based on readily available information and five screening criteria, there are any obvious conditions that would exclude the Township of Red Rock from further consideration in the site selection process.

The review of readily available information and the application of the five initial screening criteria show that the area examined during this study is unlikely to contain geological formations that would be potentially suitable for hosting a deep geological repository. The various geological formations within the area considered for this screening are either not amenable to site characterization or unlikely to meet the safe containment and isolation function of a deep geological repository. Therefore, the Township of Red Rock is not considered as a suitable candidate for continuing in the NWMO site selection process.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. 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 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.
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The NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada's nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).

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