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Manitouwadge Open House Provides Opportunity for Input

NWMO Staff and Manitouwadge residents study maps at open house.

July 31, 2017


NWMO Staff and Manitouwadge residents study maps at open house.
In July, Manitouwadge and area residents met with NWMO staff to provide input on deciding where to focus the next potential phase of studies in the area. Many residents provided their views on nearby locations that have the potential to meet the safety requirements of a deep geological repository and would also be considered acceptable by people living in the area.

Visitors offered information on areas under consideration, provided their views on preferred sites for borehole drilling in order to study core samples. This includes reasons for their preferences and identifying any sensitivities or concerns. The locations up for discussion were identified following recently completed desktop and field studies, including airborne surveys, ground observations, and detailed geological mapping.

Opinions offered by people in the area will be important in decision-making about where the NWMO might drill an initial borehole, at or near a potential repository site. The drilling is required to further advance understanding of the geology in the region. 

The open house also featured the NWMO’s new interactive display to support discussion with visitors about Canada’s plan for the long-term used nuclear fuel management, radiation, transportation, regional engagement activities and other questions about the organization’s work.

Manitouwadge is one of several Ontario communities that remain engaged in the NWMO site selection process. No decision will be made on a preferred site for a used nuclear fuel repository until Preliminary Assessments are completed, several years from now. 
About the NWMO

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.

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