project open to plenty of public input
Monday (Nov. 3), the company held an open house at the Best Western Governor's Inn, Kincardine, hoping to answer any of the questions people had about the project which would see the waste from the nuclear plants at Bruce Power, Pickering and Darlington, stored in a vault 680 metres underground at OPG's Western Waste Management Facility located at the Bruce site.
OPG communications manager Marie Wilson said new information is available about the proposed design of the repository and about the composition of the rock at the site, so the open houses are a way to present that new information and field questions about the project at the same time.
The repository will have two shafts, one for access and waste transfer and one for exhaust ventilation, Wilson said, pointing to one of the display boards. A 40-tonne Koepe hoist will move waste and personnel to the repository level, and the low-level waste rooms will be separate from the intermediate-level rooms.
"It's a more compact design," said Wilson. Surface facilities will include two headframe buildings and a waste receipt building. Underground facilities will include waste receiving, equipment maintenance, emplacement rooms and refuge stations.
Wilson said the placement rooms will be more isolated from the rest of the underground facility, with this new design.
Four boreholes have been completed, supplying more information about the rock where the repository is to be located, said Wilson. Next spring two diagonal boreholes will be done, looking for fractures and fissures in the rock.
"We build on that information in order to bring confidence to our safety case," Wilson said.
13/01/2009 04:23 PM
In April of this year, the Ontario environment minister
issued draft guidelines for the deep geologic repository Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS), and a draft joint panel agreement for public