The NWMO submits 2018 Annual Report
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) submitted Moving towards partnership – Annual Report 2018 to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources.
The report highlights the NWMO’s progress in implementing Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel.
“The NWMO can look back on 2018 as a year where we moved from planning to action,” said NWMO President and CEO Laurie Swami. “We finished drilling our first borehole in northern Ontario to allow our site characterization work to continue. We began preparing for site selection and the regulatory approval that will follow. And our engineers prepared for two major trials to begin in 2019: the serial production of our proprietary used fuel container and an encasement trial for our bentonite clay buffer boxes into a mock emplacement room.
“In 2018, we took a significant step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by acknowledging historical wrongs in Canada’s past and the need to create a better future,” Ms. Swami said. “This acknowledgment formed part of our Reconciliation Statement, which was finalized through an Indigenous ceremony.”
On June 25, 2019, Minister Sohi released a statement regarding the Annual Report.
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.