Canada's Long-Term Plan for the Safe and Secure Management of Used Nuclear Fuel - Nuclear Waste Management Organization Invites Participation



    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
has issued a discussion paper outlining a proposed process for identifying an
informed and willing community to host a deep geological repository for the
safe containment and isolation of Canada's used nuclear fuel for the long
term. The $16 to $24-billion national infrastructure project will involve
development of the repository and will include the creation of a centre of
expertise.
    The NWMO is inviting public comment to refine and confirm its draft
siting plan. The organization is holding a series of regional public
information sessions in the four nuclear fuel cycle provinces (Saskatchewan,
Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick) and is planning additional activities over the
coming months to invite comments and discussion through to the end of October
2009. The 2009 outreach program continues the collaborative development of the
site selection process that NWMO initiated through its dialogues in 2008.
    "We are committed to taking into account the views of all interested
Canadians at each stage of our work as we collaboratively implement Canada's
plan for the safe and secure long-term management of used nuclear fuel," said
NWMO President Ken Nash. "Before we engage communities interested in learning
more about this important national infrastructure project, we want to know
that the process we're proposing to identify an informed and willing host is
open, transparent, fair and inclusive," he added.
    Comments received during the public dialogues that run from May through
Fall 2009 will be used to refine and finalize the process for site selection.
Site selection will not commence in 2009; it will begin after the process for
site selection has been confirmed and finalized.
    The Proposed Process for Selecting a Site is designed to be responsive to
direction provided by Canadians who participated in dialogues with the NWMO
during 2008. These interested individuals and organizations said they wanted
to be sure, above all, that the selected site is safe and secure for people
and the environment, now and in the future, and that the process for choosing
the site is grounded in values and objectives that Canadians hold important.
    The discussion document sets out scientific and technical requirements
that will guide selection of an appropriate site to ensure safety. It
describes implementation through a partnership with an informed, willing
community, which fosters well-being and sustainability. And it outlines
proposed steps through which interested communities would be able to learn
more as they consider their potential interest in hosting this project.
    "We invite Canadians to review the discussion document and share their
thoughts on whether the proposed process is appropriate, and what changes may
need to be made. We also invite people to attend an upcoming information
session in their region", Mr. Nash said.
    The Proposed Process for Selecting a Site is available on the NWMO
website at: www.nwmo.ca. The document is also available in printed format from
the NWMO.
    Public information sessions to review and discuss the proposed process
are scheduled to begin in the Spring and continue in the Fall 2009. Currently,
scheduled sessions in regional centres are noted below:

    
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    Regional Information Sessions
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    London, ON - May 19                        Montréal, QC - June 1
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    Brockton, ON - May 20                      Trois-Rivières, QC - June 2
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    Toronto, ON - May 21                       Québec City, QC - June 3
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    Sudbury, ON - May 25                       Fredericton, NB - June 3
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    Thunder Bay, ON - May 26                   Saint John, NB - June 4
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    Whitby, ON - May 28                        Edmundston, NB - June 4
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                                               Ottawa, ON - June 8
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    Times and locations for the sessions will be advertised in regional
newspapers before each event. Saskatchewan sessions will be scheduled and
advertised in September 2009.

    Based in Toronto, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization was
established in 2002 by Ontario Power Generation Inc., Hydro-Québec and New
Brunswick Power Corporation in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act to
assume responsibility for the long-term management of Canada's used nuclear
fuel which is created as a result of nuclear power production.




For further information:

For further information: Michael Krizanc, Phone: (647) 259-3043, Cell:
(416) 209-8772, Email: mkrizanc@nwmo.ca; Or Jamie Robinson, Phone: (647)
259-3012, Cell: (647) 302-1480, Email: jrobinson@nwmo.ca

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