Committee Explores How the Project Might Foster Community Priorities
AECOM economist Andy Keir discusses community well-being at Huron-Kinloss meeting.
AECOM economist Andy Kier, under contract to the NWMO, encourages communities to have conservations about the social economic implications of Adaptive Phased Management (APM).
“We can harness and shape opportunities associated with the project. Let’s begin to develop an understanding of the potential to foster and enhance community well-being through the implementation of the project, were it to be one day sited in Huron-Kinloss,” he said.
Speaking to the Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee in June, Mr. Keir said there are several components to the APM project in addition to the repository. Other associated facilities include a transportation system, a Centre of Expertise and a Used Fuel Packaging Plant. These could be located near the eventual repository site.
“The NWMO and community need to envision together to see if a picture can be formed of potential possibilities….It’s about connecting the dots,” he said. “Does the possibility exist for APM to help the community and area address socio-economic issues at the local level?”
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.