Series of Open Houses to inform public


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(L) Jim McLay, Marie Wilson and Diane Barker of NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) recently held a series of open houses to answer any questions the public may have regarding the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) project.

The DGR is being designed to house low and intermediate level radioactive waste at the Bruce Nuclear site.  It will be 680 metres (2280 ft.) below ground level in low permeability limestone beneath a low permeability layer of shale that is 200 metres (660 ft.) thick.

The facility will manage approximately 200,000 cubic feet of low and intermediate waste from the various OPG-owned nuclear stations throughout Ontario and will not store any used fuel.

Much of the waste that is expected to be stored in the new DGR is already on-site at Bruce Nuclear in the interim Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF).

Among the regulatory requirements is an environmental assessment that has not yet been completed but, it is anticipated, according to the most recent NWMO annual report,  that "NWMO is on target to submit a licensing submission in early 2011".





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