Environmental characterization studies


    For any site that is ultimately selected for the repository, we will need to demonstrate to people in the area and regulatory authorities that environmental considerations have been fully addressed.

    Environmental characterization will help us begin to build an understanding of the general ecology of an area. It is the first phase of a stream of studies that will become more detailed and focused as preliminary assessments continue.
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    Environmental characterization studies

    Environmental characterization work is non-obtrusive, which means the observation phase was limited to what can be seen on the surface. It included making notes and taking pictures about the size and types of streams, the types of local plants and animals, and fragmentation of existing forest. Small samples of soil or plant life may be taken for further characterization and study.

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    The site selection process

    Steps in the process
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    Field studies and engagement

    2-D seismic surveys in sedimentary rocks