News release: The NWMO Mobile Learn More Centre rolls back into South Bruce
The NWMO’s Mobile Learn More Centre will return to South Bruce for the first time in six months.
The NWMO’s Mobile Learn More Centre will return to the region for the first time in six months. The NWMO is excited to meet with citizens from across South Bruce and the surrounding communities face-to-face – but in a safe and physically distant manner.
“People have the right to accurate information and we have a responsibility to provide it. We encourage people to come to the Mobile Learn More Centre and make their own determination based on facts, not misinformation,” said Lisa Frizzell, Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations at the NWMO.
“Over the past few months, we have all had to adapt how we work and live. We know many of you have questions, and our staff is here to answer them. That’s why, today, we are excited to open the doors of our Mobile Learn More Centre to the residents of South Bruce and neighbours. You will notice some changes to ensure physical distancing, but our message remains the same: we are here to share facts about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term storage of used nuclear fuel.”
“Now is the time to get involved and learn more about Canada’s plan,” said His Worship Robert Buckle, Mayor of South Bruce. “I encourage residents across South Bruce and our neighbours in the area to take advantage of this opportunity and tour the Mobile Learn More Centre. We know there are questions – this is a great way to speak to experts first-hand.”
Ms. Frizzell also shared information on ongoing work in South Bruce including: deep borehole drilling to further understand the geology, the importance of local input in the environmental baseline studies and the ongoing land access process.
This work will help ensure the potential deep geological repository will safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel for centuries to come.
Ms. Frizzell also highlighted the recent municipal resolution that focuses on a set of principles stemming from the project visioning work:
“The resolution is an important example of our collaborative approach with the municipality and South Bruce. We want to thank the mayor and council for their ongoing leadership and careful consideration of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel,” she said.
The Mobile Learn More Centre is a rolling exhibit designed to travel across the province and country to share Canada’s plan and the NWMO’s work with local communities. It includes multimedia, interactive and static exhibits to explain Canada’s plan for a deep geological repository. The exhibits and the trailer have been adapted to ensure safety and physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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.