Conversations about expectations

In November 2002, Parliament passed the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA). It required the major owners of used nuclear fuel in Canada to establish the NWMO. The initial phase of our mandate was to study approaches for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, and to recommend a preferred approach to the Government of Canada. The historical information about one part of that process is preserved here in line with our commitment to transparency.

Planning for the Study

Early in its process NWMO conducted a series of Conversations About Expectations with a range of individual Canadians, communities of interest and key stakeholders to introduce itself and to better understand the views and needs of Canadians at large. These informal conversations provided early insight to begin shaping the NWMO study and the engagement process to support it. The report, What We Heard, can be downloaded here.

By April 2003, face-to-face conversations were held with almost 250 individuals and representatives of organizations at local, provincial, national and international levels. These included representatives of aboriginal organizations, nuclear power plant workers, youth, residents of nuclear power plant communities, environmental groups, industry experts, faith communities, government agencies and parliamentarians. In addition, several other dialogues initiatives were conducted.


Explore the Study

After a comprehensive three-year study, engaging specialists and citizens from all walks of life, the NWMO recommended Adaptive Phased Management for the long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

All the specialists and dialogue reports and the analysis supporting the NWMO recommendation are available here for review.

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Planning for the Study

Evaluation of management approaches

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Planning for the Study

Exploring the fundamental issues