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Ignace Open House Provides Further Local Input

Groups of area residents speaking with NWMO  staff in Ignace Learn More Centre.

July 31, 2017

Ignace, Ont.

Groups of area residents speaking with NWMO  staff in Ignace Learn More Centre.

The NWMO’s latest open house at the Learn More Centre in Ignace was a well-attended event that saw many area residents provide their input into the next step of geological studies to take place in the area.

The next step in the process is to gain a better understanding of local geology by studying core samples from initial borehole drilling in the area. Based on technical studies and input from people in the area, including First Nations and Métis communities, an initial borehole will be drilled at a potential repository site in the rock formation known as the Revell Batholith. To further build on this work, two additional borehole are also being considered in the area, within approximately two kilometres of the initial borehole.

This area was identified as having the potential to meet the technical, safety and social requirements for a potential deep geological repository. Currently the organization is completing detailed planning and timelines for this work to begin.

Going forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with people in the area, including First Nation and Métis communities, to learn together as we advance Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.

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