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Annual Geoscience Seminar Showcases Contributions to APM

NWMO's director of deep geological repository geoscience and research, Mark Jensen, speaking to a room.

Mark Jensen, Director of Deep Geological Repository Geoscience and Research, reflects on the NWMO technical work program at the 15th annual Geoscience Seminar.

July 20, 2017

Toronto

By The NWMO

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NWMO's director of deep geological repository geoscience and research, Mark Jensen, speaking to a room.

Mark Jensen, Director of Deep Geological Repository Geoscience and Research, reflects on the NWMO technical work program at the 15th annual Geoscience Seminar.

The NWMO’s 15th annual Geoscience Seminar, held in June in Toronto, brought together specialists from Canada and other countries to discuss advances in geoscience related to the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. This gathering provides an important forum to showcase NWMO-funded and directed geoscience activities. 

The 77 attendees included researchers from eight Canadian universities, as well as representatives from the Geological Survey of Canada, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the NWMO’s counterparts in Switzerland (NAGRA), Finland (Posiva) and Sweden (SKB). 

“This seminar provides an interesting mosaic of everything we do in our geoscience program,” says Mark Jensen, Director of Deep Geological Repository Geoscience and Research at the NWMO. “It provides a snapshot of the many geoscientific projects we sponsor here and abroad that contribute to the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) technical program.”

Among the 32 presentations, NWMO staff provided an update on the NWMO’s work, including repository engineering and safety assessment. In addition, attendees heard about the status of repository planning in Sweden and Switzerland. Technical presentations described applied research within both crystalline Canadian Shield and sedimentary rock. 

Attendees also heard from graduate students whose work is being supported by the NWMO.
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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