Manitouwadge Residents Get Hands-On Experience at NWMO Research Facility
Manitouwadge residents (left to right) Bill Andruniak, Debbie Andruniak and Dave Weadon listen to Jeff Binns, a corrosion scientist at the NWMO.
A group of Manitouwadge residents recently toured the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) proof test facility in Oakville, Ont.
The tour provided an up-close opportunity to see some of the ongoing research and development in support of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
“Seeing the containers and having the opportunity to hear the many technical specialists talk about their work and the multiple-barrier system really reinforced for me the deep amount of research that is involved,” said Amber Campbell, who is a new member of the Manitouwadge Nuclear Waste Community Liaison Committee.
The tour provided an opportunity for people to talk to leading NWMO scientists and engineers about their work, and see the containers and other components of the multiple-barrier system.
“I was challenged and excited to ask even more questions because I could see and touch the testing equipment and containers,” Manitouwadge resident Debbie Andruniak said of the tour. “The NWMO’s commitment to safety is something I have supported from the beginning.”
More tours are currently being planned. Manitouwadge residents interested in participating in a future tour of the NWMO’s Oakville proof test facility can contact Karen Robinson at the Manitouwadge Learn More Office at 807.826.3255.
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.