The focus of geoscientific studies in Huron-Kinloss is to determine if the rock in the area has the potential to satisfy our safety requirements for a deep geological repository for the long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
Geoscientific studies conducted to date have involved desktop studies, which make use of publicly available information about the geology of the area. The NWMO and the community have also worked together to identify a potential location for an initial research borehole in Huron-Kinloss to further understand the general geology of the community. The location identified is on municipal land and the borehole would be for research purposes only. It is not expected to be a repository site.
The drilling of the initial research borehole, originally planned for 2017, has been delayed. However, geoscientific assessments to date indicate that the geology in the area has the potential to meet the requirements of the project. The NWMO has sufficient confidence to proceed with next steps to advance the site selection process.
Discussions are underway to advance learning and build a foundation for strong partnerships in the area. We must also consider how to identify potentially suitable lands for the project.
Borehole drilling is still required to advance and confirm our understanding of general geology and potential repository areas.