The NWMO Updates Ignace Committee About Planned APM Technical Facilities
Derek Wilson of the NWMO provides a technical update to the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee.
Derek Wilson, the NWMO’s Vice-President of Design and Construction, shared an update about technical aspects of Adaptive Phased Management (APM) at the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee meeting in March. His presentation highlighted the possible range of facilities that will be associated with the project.
“There is a lot more to this project than the actual deep geological repository,” says Mr. Wilson. “Many of the associated pieces, like the Centre of Expertise, are planned to come online years before any construction of the repository would begin.”
In his presentation, Mr. Wilson described the planned Centre of Expertise. Once a preferred site is identified, this facility would be constructed to provide an opportunity to further develop and demonstrate the equipment and processes that would be used during the operation of the repository, as well as provide support for detailed site characterization activities. The centre would also support environment and social research, as well as ongoing engagement efforts.
He also described the range of facilities that will be associated with the project, including possible manufacturing of the containers for used nuclear fuel that will eventually be placed in the repository.
Mr. Wilson is scheduled to visit all community liaison committees involved in the site selection process over the next few months.
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.