Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your ongoing coverage of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term storage of used nuclear fuel. With the evolving COVID-19 situation, it is a time of uncertainty around the world. Protecting people and the environment has always been a priority for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and we are committed to doing our part to help “flatten the curve.” This includes supporting municipal and Indigenous communities as they navigate through these unprecedented times.

Recently, there have been a number of letters to the editor related to our work. Thank you to those who took the time to contribute to this important and ongoing dialogue.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is collaboratively implementing a site selection process to find a single site for a deep geological repository to safety store Canada’s used nuclear fuel. This approach is internationally accepted as best practice to ensure the safety of people and the environment for generations to come. The site selection process is ongoing in two areas, Ignace in northwestern Ontario and South Bruce in southern Ontario.

Our site selection process is community driven and designed to ensure, above all, that any location selected is safe and secure, and has informed and willing hosts.

Over the next three years, our focus is to work with people in the community. Together we will continue to explore this process to build an understanding of how the project can be implemented in a way that will support sustainability and enhance community well-being of the host that is selected.

South Bruce is proud of their agriculture roots and we are committed to working together with the community to ensure the features and characteristics that make this community special are preserved and enriched though the potential implementation of the project.

Input and dialogue is essential to shaping this process. We continue to invite interested residents to learn more about Canada’s Plan for the safe, long term management of used nuclear fuel by visiting or following us on social media @NWMOCanada. You can also write us at 10 Clinton St S, Teeswater, ON N0G 2S0.


Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel
Vice President Site Selection, NWMO