The NWMO publishes 2017-19 triennial report
In parallel with our site selection process, the NWMO technical program made steady advancements, including continuing to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the multiple-barrier system and learning more about the rock at potential siting locations.
The NWMO has submitted Moving towards partnership – Triennial Report 2017 to 2019 to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, and released the report publicly.
“Throughout this reporting period, bold steps are evident in all our work – in advancing site selection, in validating our technical solutions, and in leading by example with our Reconciliation journey,” said Laurie Swami, President and CEO of the NWMO.
To advance the site selection process, we narrowed our focus to fewer study areas between 2017 and 2019: from nine to two. We remain on track to select a single, preferred site by 2024.
In parallel with our site selection process, our technical program made steady advancements, including continuing to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the multiple-barrier system and learning more about the rock at potential siting locations.
We have also taken important steps in our Reconciliation journey as part of our civic duty to contribute to an essential Canadian conversation. Building on our 2018 Reconciliation Statement, we issued a Reconciliation Policy in 2019 that commits to measuring our progress on an annual basis.
Also included in the triennial report are our new five-year strategic plan, Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2020 to 2024, and a report from our Advisory Council.
UPDATE: The report was tabled in Parliament as required by the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act on May 20th, 2020.
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.