Peer review

One way we ensure our work is based on the best science is by working with leading scientists and experts from universities, in the industry or as part of international research groups. 

    Site Selection Review Group

    The Site Selection Review Group is comprised of two internationally respected members from varied professional backgrounds. The group provides independent advice and guidance on the NWMO’s final stocktaking approach, methods and criteria as we prepare for site selection in 2024. The purpose of this group is to ensure the decision-making process is reasonable, comprehensive, credible, and rigorous.

    Collectively, these review group members have knowledge and experience in nuclear waste related siting processes and international best practice, as well as experience in the application of Indigenous knowledge to national infrastructure projects and partnerships.

    The members of the Site Selection Review Group include:

    • Tom Isaacs, Chair of the Site Selection Review Group, Lead Advisor on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, Senior Advisor to Nuclear Threat Initiatives
    • Claes Thegerström, former President Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management

    Each of the members is independent from the NWMO, the site selection process, and the municipal and Indigenous communities involved in the site selection process.

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    Environmental Review Group

    The Environmental Review Group (ERG) advises the NWMO on developing an effective impact assessment process, including engagement and the interweaving of Indigenous Knowledge and western science, as well as international best practice.
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    The GRG is made up of five internationally recognized experts from Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, and Australia. They possess extensive multidisciplinary experience relevant to the siting of a deep geological repository.

    Geoscientific Review Group

    The NWMO established the Geoscientific Review Group (GRG) to ensure that site evaluations are conducted in a consistent and traceable manner using best international practices.
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    Scientific journal reviews

    The NWMO regularly undergoes independent peer reviews when publishing technical research results in scientific journals and at conferences. On specific topics, we seek out peer reviews or request state-of-science reviews be prepared by leading experts.

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