Know Nuclear Waste

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DIGGING DEEPER:Nuclear Waste Burial & Brockton
Victoria Jubilee Hall - Walkerton
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Wednesday, July 9, 7 pm
Burying Uncertainty: 

The Risky Business of Nuclear Waste Burial
Bruce Beach Golf Club, Kincardine
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Thurday, July 10, 7 pm 
DIGGING DEEPER: Nuclear Waste Burial &  Huron Kinloss
Ripley-Huron Community Centre, Ripley
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ARCHIVED FEBRUARY WEBINAR SERIES 2014 - VIEW ONLINE

View archived recordings of our 2014 webinar series. Sessions included a Canada Update, nuclear waste reprocessing, design issues with geological repositories, alternatives to nuclear waste burial and international panel with updates from the U.S, U.K. and Sweden. Visit us onAnyMeeting.com to view.

NEWS BRIEFS

NIPIGON WITHDRAWS FROM NWMO SITING PROCESS
June 19, 2014, Nipigon | The Township of Nipigon has withdrawn from the nuclear industrys investigation of multiple communities as potential nuclear waste burial sites. The municipal council passed a resolution at its meeting on Monday stating that the Township of Nipigon believes it has sufficient information to make an informed decision about continued involvement in the site selection process as a potential host community and requesting that it that it no longer be considered in the site selection process as a potential host community. The municipality was one of ten in northern Ontario remaining in the process. 

NO NUCLEAR WASTE FOR TWO BRUCE COUNTY COMMUNITIES 
January 16, 2014, Saugeen Shores and Aaran Ederslie were dropped from the NWMO list of communities being studied as possible burial sites for high level nuclear fuel waste. Fifteen communities remain on the NWMO list of candidate sites.

FOUR COMMUNITIES DROPPED FROM NWMO LIST
In November 2013 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)  announced the completion of the first phase of preliminary assessment  (Step 3, Phase I) for eight of the 21 communities being studied as possible nuclear waste burial sites. Creighton in Saskatchewan, and Ignace, Hornepayne and Schreiber in Ontario have been identified for "further study" and will move on to Step 3, Phase II. English River, Pinehouse, Ear Falls and Wawa were dropped from the NWMO investigation process.
Welcome to our information web site about nuclear waste.

This site has been created to provide ordinary people with information about an extra-ordinary challenge: the long term management of the highly radioactive waste that is created as a byproduct of using nuclear power to generate electricity.

In Canada - as in several other countries that use nuclear power - the nuclear industry is committed to the idea of burying the nuclear fuel waste in a rock formation in a yet-to-be-identified location. In 2002 the federal government gave the nuclear industry permission to begin a search for a suitable site and a willing community, and in May 2010 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization formally launched their search for just such a community.

As of August 2012, twenty-one communities were allowing themselves to be studied as possible end points for all of Canada's high level nuclear waste: three in northern Saskatchewan, twelve in northern Ontario, and six in southwesternOntario. In November 2013 the NWMO dropped two from northern Saskatchewan and two from northern Ontario. In January 2014, two communities in Bruce County were dropped. 

The NWMO has announced that it was "suspending" the call for expressions of interest on September 30th, 2012, meaning they would at least
temporarily close the list and concentrate on the communities that have already entered the NWMO process.

What is nuclear waste?
Nuclear wastes are the radioactive by-products of developing and using nuclear technologies, including nuclear power reactors and nuclear weapons. Nuclear fuel waste is also called "high level" waste, and is the most radioactive of the waste products generated by nuclear power production.
What is the nuclear industry looking for? 
The nuclear industry - under the banner of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization - is looking for a community willing to become the "host" to all of Canada's nuclear fuel waste - approximately 50,000 tonnes to date. The NWMO plan is to place the waste deep underground. It includes the option of centralizing the waste in temporary storage at the site selected for a geological repository while research is still underway and prior to the site having been fully investigated.
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