How Huron-Kinloss is Currently Involved
The Township of Huron-Kinloss is learning more about Canada's plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The plan requires that all of Canada’s used nuclear fuel be safely and securely isolated from people and the environment in a deep geological repository (DGR). The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for implementing this national infrastructure project estimated to cost $24 billion.
The Township is one of five communities remaining in NWMO's Site Selection Process. This means Huron-Kinloss is being considered as a location to host the proposed DGR to safety store all of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
The Township of Huron-Kinloss voluntarily entered the site selection process in April 2012. Based on studies to date, the community appeared to have strong potential for meeting strict safety and geotechnical requirements and for the project to align with its long term vision. From the beginning, Huron-Kinloss Council agreed the DGR would not be located on the west side of Highway 21 towards Lake Huron.
The next step for Huron-Kinloss is the Land Access Process. The NWMO is asking landowners to sign option agreements to access sufficient land in order to begin site characterization work including borehole drilling and environmental baseline monitoring.
The current phase of work involves more intensive community learning and engagement. The Township is working with the NWMO to initiate community well-being studies, broaden engagement and work with Indigenous and Métis communities in the area.
The NWMO is expected to identify a single site by 2023. Once a site has been identified, additional technical studies will be required, and all regulatory requirements and approvals must be obtained through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend the Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee's monthly meetings, where the committee hears from scientists, geologists and experts on a wide variety of topics related to Canada’s Plan.