TORONTO — Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has announced it has narrowed its focus from five to two sites in the site selection process to determine a final site to serve as a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
The Township of Ignace in northwestern Ontario and the Township of Huron-Kinloss and Municipality of South Bruce in central Ontario are now considered potential host areas for the project, the NWMO said in a Nov. 26 release.
One of the communities will move forward in the site selection process once a potential repository site is determined through an ongoing process with local landowners.
The report noted areas around the Townships of Hornepayne and Manitouwadge in northern Ontario will no longer be considered.
The site selection process has been underway since 2010.
The process started with 22 municipalities and Indigenous communities that expressed interest in being considered as a potential host of the project.
The NWMO has narrowed its focus to fewer areas through technical site evaluations and social engagement, the release said.
The NWMO was created in 2002 by Canada’s nuclear electricity producers, with Ontario Power Generation, NB Power and Hydro-Quebec as founding members.
They fund the NWMO along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.
“As we work towards identifying a single, preferred location for this project, in an area with informed and willing hosts, we need to increasingly focus on specific locations that have strong potential to meet the project’s safety and partnership requirements,” said Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, vice-president of site selection at the NWMO, in the statement.