Citizens Provide Local Knowledge About Proposed Borehole Locations at Open House
A Huron-Kinloss property owner gets a hands-on opportunity to learn more about drillling at the Huron-Kinloss open house held at the Lucknow Community Centre on November 1 and 2.
An open house held in Lucknow on November 1 and 2 provided an opportunity for Huron-Kinloss and area citizens to help guide the next phase of work in preliminary assessment studies – initial borehole drilling.
The initial borehole would be for research purposes only, and it would not be expected to be a repository site. It would advance understanding of the general geology across the community and help assess the area’s potential suitability to safely host a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel.
Citizens in attendance at the open house had an opportunity to view three proposed borehole locations on a map (Kinloss gravel pit, Kinloss landfill site and proposed industrial park in Ripley) and share local knowledge about these areas, located on municipally-owned land. These valuable comments will help the NWMO and community work together to identify the preferred location for the research borehole.
The NWMO hopes to continue talking with community members about the proposed borehole locations throughout the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. If engagement and community preferences support it, the drilling of one initial borehole could take place later in 2017.
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.