Inviting feedback on the NWMO’s new five-year strategic plan
The NWMO’s Jessica Perritt, Section Manager for Indigenous Knowledge and Reconciliation, and Bob Watts, Vice-President of Indigenous Relations, gather the sacred bundle at the ceremony formalizing the NWMO’s Reconciliation Policy. Read more about how the NWMO is interweaving Indigenous Knowledge in Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2020 to 2024.
The NWMO’s new five-year strategic plan, Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2020 to 2024, is now published, and we are inviting public input to help shape our work going forward.
“The implementation of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel is a collaborative process, and it is important for us to hear from people,” said Lisa Frizzell, Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations at the NWMO.
The implementation plan is a living document that is regularly assessed and strengthened through public feedback, advances in science and technology, insight from Indigenous Knowledge, changes in societal values, and evolving public policy.
The current five-year planning period is the first to look beyond our expected site selection date of 2023*. This important milestone will bring to an end the site selection process we initiated in 2010. It will also mark the beginning of a new series of activities, such as implementing partnership agreements with host communities; furthering the safety case for the identified site; constructing a Centre of Expertise; preparing for and participating in regulatory processes; and getting ready to move our operations to the site that is selected.
We have extended the deadline to forward your comments to July 3, 2020. Next year’s implementation plan will be revised to reflect public comments received, alongside latest developments.
UPDATE: On June 24, 2020, The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, issued a statement on the triennial report.
*Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2020 to 2024 was released before the NWMO updated the site selection timeline to 2024.
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.