South Bruce Open House Brings Community Together as Discussions Continue
Andre Vorauer (left), Senior Technical Specialist for the NWMO, talks to South Bruce resident Rhys Tiffin (centre) about the multiple-barrier system as Janelle Blackwell, Project Coordinator for the Municipality of South Bruce, looks on.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and Municipality of South Bruce recently held an open house at the municipal office in Teeswater to report back to the community on what we heard during the values and principles workshops.
A series of workshops were held in South Bruce to discuss the values and principles that will set the groundwork for more detailed discussions about the project. The draft principles that emerged from the workshops included safety, environment, trust and transparency, communication, inclusive and collaborative, community betterment, and regional involvement.
Community members were invited to provide comments by April 13, after which the project team will complete a summary report to be shared with the South Bruce Council and the community. Once confirmed by the community, the values and principles will set the groundwork for more detailed discussions moving forward.
The open house also featured material on safety, transportation, and project economics, and a display on the multiple-barrier system.
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.