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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bruce County Council Hears Update on DGR Site Selection

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

Huron Kinloss, South Bruce among those still under consideration.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is getting closer to choosing a site for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) to store spent nuclear fuel.

And Huron Kinloss and South Bruce are still in the running.

In a presentation to Bruce County councillors, the Vice President of site selection, Mahrez Ben Belfadhel says there are five communities that are being looked at by NWMO.

The other three are in Northern and Northwestern Ontario.

Belfadhel says no site will be chosen before 2023.

Meanwhile, he says in 2020, "We are planning to begin borehole drilling.....in order to assess the geology in the area."

In Huron Kinloss and South Bruce, much of the land being looked at is on private property so NWMO is offering option agreements to the landowners, however landowners will be allowed to use the land for decades to come.

Belfadhel says they plan to make the drilling safe and environmentally sound, with the least amount of impact as they can for landowners.

NWMO is looking to access around 1,500 acres from one or several landowners in the area.

The DGR would be about 1,500 acres below but would only take up about 247 acres above ground.

The NWMO continues talk as well with Indigenous communities in the region and indicate that the estimated 23-billion-dollar project would only continue with First Nation's blessing.

Should all approvals fall into place, it won't be until 2043 before any operation of such a DGR begins, no matter where it's located.

More information on the project is at www.nwmo.ca
 

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