The NWMO Shares Expertise with International Visitors
Members of the Ukraine delegation learn about the NWMO's used fuel container in Oakville.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) recently welcomed its Ukrainian counterpart, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, to Ontario to learn more about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management for used nuclear fuel.
The delegation from Ukraine visited both the NWMO's Toronto corporate office and Oakville proof test facility in late November. They received an overview of the NWMO’s site selection process and technical program, information that will be helpful as Ukraine takes the next steps in the continued long-term management of its own radioactive waste.
“We are interested in sharing insights and information with our Canadian counterparts and learning more about the NWMO’s project,” says Vitalii Petruk, leader of the Ukrainian delegation.
The visit demonstrates the Canadian organization’s commitment to co-operate with other organizations and share its leading practices for safely managing used nuclear fuel.
“We are happy to share our homegrown Canadian research and innovation, which is in demand around the world,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, vice-president of site selection for the NWMO, one of the hosts of the delegation.
The NWMO has co-operation agreements in place with international counterparts in Japan, France, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, the U.K., and South Korea.
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.