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NWMO seeks feedback on new five-year strategic plan

by Mark Sabourin
EcoLog, 5/29/2020 1:01:00 PM

The deadline is nearing for comments on the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO’s) new five-year strategic plan.

The NWMO is a not-for-profit organization formed by the Canadian nuclear industry, charged with finding a solution to the long-term management of spent nuclear fuel. The approach it has chosen, known as adaptive phased management, involves a deep geological repository in an area with suitable geology and an informed and willing host. Adaptive phased management also allows for continuous improvement in the long-term storage as knowledge is gained.

The NWMO’s site selection process is approaching its endpoint. Two sites in Ontario — South Bruce and Ignace — are now being evaluated as potential hosts for the deep geological repository. A decision is expected in 2023, meaning that the NWMO’s new five-year strategic plan will be the first to look beyond the expected site selection date.

The new five-year strategic plan includes the implementation of partnership agreements with the host community, constructing a Centre of Expertise, finalizing the safety case, preparing to move operations to the selected site and beginning the regulatory process.

Comments on the new plan may be made by June 10, 2020 through the NWMO’s Contact Us page.

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