In late 2012, the Mayors and Councils of the interested communities in this area passed resolutions asking the NWMO to initiate a Preliminary Assessment of the community's potential suitability to host the project.
In January 2015, we completed the first phase of Preliminary
Assessment (Step 3: Phase 1)
of the site selection process in collaboration with these communities.
This phase involved:
- Desktop studies that explored the potential to find a site that can safely and securely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel; and
- Community learning and dialogue activities to build understanding about the project and to explore its potential to align with the community's long-term vision.
Based on studies to date, this area appeared to have strong potential for meeting strict safety and geotechnical requirements, and for the project to align with the interested communities' long-term vision. The studies also identified a number of uncertainties to be further explored through more detailed study.
The potential for the project to align with the long-term vision of Blind River and Elliot Lake was particularly strong. As a result, we identified these communities to begin working with us to help plan more detailed (Phase 2) studies and engagement in the area. The North Shore and Spanish continue to be involved in the process as communities in the area.