Township of Nipigon Withdraws From Site Selection Process
On June 17, 2014, the Township of Nipigon passed a resolution to discontinue its involvement as a potential host community for Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
The decision followed review of an interim report, which the NWMO prepared at the request of the Township to report on preliminary assessment work completed in the community so far.
“The NWMO respects the mayor and council’s decision, and appreciates the thought and care that went into making it,” said Kathryn Shaver, Vice-President of APM Engagement and Site Selection.
“The site selection process is driven by communities – that Nipigon has made a decision about its involvement based on scientific and technical studies of geology in the area and social studies completed to date is a clear demonstration of the process working as designed.”
The findings shared with Nipigon have no impact on the 14 other communities involved in various stages of learning. Studies underway in these communities remain ongoing and findings will be made available as they are completed.
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.