Selecting a site

Ignace Open House: Reviewing Initial Borehole Drilling Plans

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March 2, 2017

Ignace, Ont.

By the NWMO

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The Township of Ignace invited the NWMO to hold an open house at the Learn More Centre on March 1 and 2. The open house provided yet another opportunity for area residents to share their thoughts on the initial borehole drilling program planned for 2017.

Initial borehole drilling will provide core samples from a location at or near a potential repository site. This work will advance understanding of the local geology and help assess the area’s potential suitability to safely host a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel.

Earlier studies helped identify the areas that have the potential to be geologically suitable. Based on further technical studies and input from people in the area, a location was identified to be the focus for initial borehole drilling. 

The Ignace area is one of several in Ontario currently involved in the site selection process.

More information about activities in the region is available on the Ignace and Area page.
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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The NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada's nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).

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