Canada's Plan for Used Nuclear Fuel

About the Project

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is in the process of learning more about Canada's plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel, which is the responsibility of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The plan, named Adaptive Phased Management requires that the used fuel be safely and securely contained and isolated from people and the environment in a deep geologic repository in a suitable rock formation.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss formally entered the Site Selection Process to find an informed and willing community to host the project. 

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has completed the first phase of preliminary assessment for the Township of Huron-Kinloss. Based on the work undertaken, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has been assessed as having strong potential to meet site selection requirements and has been identified for further study. The preliminary assessment is the process for evaluating potential suitability of communities to host a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

The next phase of work involves more intensive community learning and engagement. In Phase 2, the NWMO will work with Huron-Kinloss to confirm the plan for technical and safety assessments, as well as broadened engagement and well-being studies. Through progressively more detailed studies, the NWMO and our community will develop an expanded understanding of our potential suitability for hosting the project. Work will take on a broader focus to include First Nation and Métis communities in the area as well as neighbouring municipalities.   All of these activities will be undertaken collaboratively with the community.

As individual studies are completed, the NWMO will continue to narrow its focus to areas with strong potential to be suitable for hosting a repository. Ultimately, the project will only proceed at a site that can safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel, and with the involvement of the interested community. It is expected to take several more years to complete the necessary studies to identify a preferred site and an informed and willing host. At any point, the Township of Huron-Kinloss may choose to end their involvement at any point during the site evaluation process, until a final agreement is signed, subject to all regulatory requirements being met and approvals received.  

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Elyse Dewar

Project Coordinator