The community of Spanish entered the site selection process by formally expressing interest in learning about the project in 2012. The neighbouring communities of Blind River, Elliot Lake and The North Shore also expressed interest at that time.
In 2015, the NWMO determined Spanish would not be a focus of further study, however the community remained engaged while Preliminary Assessments continued with its neighbours, Blind River and Elliot Lake.
In 2017, after several years of progressively more detailed study and engagement, we concluded the area would not be a potential host for the project.
The project will only move forward in any area with interested communities, First Nation, Métis and surrounding communities, working together to implement it. We are committed to respecting the Aboriginal rights and treaties of Aboriginal peoples. We also recognize there may be unresolved claims between Aboriginal communities and the Crown to be taken into account in relation to a proposed site.
Information detailing assessment work we completed with Spanish through steps one to three of the site selection process are contained below.