The NWMO responds

The NWMO Statement Re: Protect Our Waterways petition calling for referendum in South Bruce

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October 23, 2021

South Bruce, Ont.

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I write this statement in light of the call for a referendum by Protect Our Waterways in South Bruce. We at the NWMO want to reaffirm our goal of selecting a site for Canada’s used nuclear fuel by the end of 2023 through a community-driven process.

The project will only go ahead in a location that is safe for people and the environment and has informed and willing hosts. That’s why open and transparent dialogue with the public, and listening to different viewpoints, have always been fundamental to the NWMO approach and will continue to be integral to every step moving forward.

The NWMO has a number of rigorous environmental, safety, and socio-economic studies underway that will yield important data on the project for people, land and water. The results of many of these studies will be shared with the community in 2022.

The NWMO remains committed to providing local residents, municipalities and Indigenous peoples with all the information they need to evaluate whether the project is a good fit for South Bruce.

Should you have questions about the project or wish to meet with one of NWMO’s team members, please contact us or visit us at the Learn More Centre located in Teeswater at 12 Clinton Street South.

Tareq Al-Zabet
NWMO, South Bruce Site Director

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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