NWMO President Visits Ignace to Continue Siting Conversation
Laurie Swami (left) examines a core sample from the first borehole near Ignace, Ont.
NWMO President and CEO Laurie Swami visited the Township of Ignace in late March as part of her commitment to hearing from all communities in the site selection process.
“I’d like to thank all the people who took the time to meet with us on this most recent visit,” Ms. Swami said. “Collaboration with people and communities is the key to the entire process for the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.”
“By working with people in municipal and Indigenous communities, as well as with specialists in Canada and around the world, we are working towards implementing Canada’s plan.”
Ms. Swami and Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, Vice-President of Site Selection, had conversations with many residents.
“I have been to Ignace and area communities many times over the years, and it’s always a pleasure to see old faces and meet new people as we keep our conversations going,” said Mr. Ben Belfadhel.
They also visited the Ignace School as part of their visit and viewed core samples from the NWMO’s first borehole in the Ignace area. Plans this spring to visit other communities involved in the site selection process are also underway.
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.