CNS NWMDER 2019: NWMO specialist shares findings on long-term repository safety
Dr. Erik Kremer shares findings from the seventh case study – Postclosure Safety Assessment of a Used Fuel Repository in Sedimentary Rock – at the 4th Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration (NWMDER) Conference in Ottawa, Ont.
Deep geological repository safety and siting was a focus of Day 3 at the 4th Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration (NWMDER) Conference in Ottawa, Ont.
Highlights included a technical session with NWMO specialist Dr. Erik Kremer. He shared findings from the seventh case study – Postclosure Safety Assessment of a Used Fuel Repository in Sedimentary Rock – which concludes that a deep geological repository could be safely sited in an appropriate sedimentary rock formation in southern Ontario.
The report presented on this day builds on a series of postclosure safety assessments illustrating the long-term performance and safety of different repository designs within various potential geological settings relevant to Ontario. The seventh case study builds on existing work, including the sixth case study, which focused on crystalline rock. These assessments effectively help to build confidence in the long-term performance of a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
The NWMO team also outlined how these case studies provide a platform for discussion with our siting communities, their regional partners, the regulatory authorities, and other experts in the field, as well as with repository programs around the world.
And that is a wrap on this year’s NWMDER Conference. We will be back soon with a full detailed recap. Stay tuned!
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.