Nuclear Waste Management Organization: Designing the Process for Selecting a Site

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - In June 2007, the Government of Canada selected
Adaptive Phased Management (APM) as Canada's approach for the long-term
management of used nuclear fuel. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization
(NWMO) is committed to working collaboratively with interested and potentially
affected citizens and organizations as it implements APM.
    The NWMO is launching a dialogue to design a process for identifying and
selecting an informed and willing community to host a deep geological
    "Over the next few months we want to hear from Canadians about their
expectations and preferences for an appropriate siting process," said Ken
Nash, President & CEO. "It is important that the process be designed, from the
beginning, to address technical considerations required to ensure the safety
of any site, and to address the objectives and concerns of Canadians".
    To help initiate conversation and input, the NWMO has prepared a
discussion document - Moving Forward Together: Designing the Process for
Selecting a Site. The document, along with a number of backgrounders, is
available at:
    As a second step in developing the siting process, the NWMO will prepare
a draft proposal based on input it receives this Fall. The draft site
selection proposal will be released next year and will be the subject of
extensive review and dialogue in 2009.
    "We will not begin looking for an informed and willing community to host
a repository until after the draft siting process has been considered and
discussed with Canadians and refinements are made to address the suggestions
and concerns they raise," said Mr. Nash.
    Canadians interested in putting forward their views to the NWMO on the
design of a siting process may do so before December 15, 2008. They can make a
submission, join an e-dialogue or complete a survey on the NWMO website.

    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 (NFWA) to assume
responsibility for the long-term management of Canada's used nuclear fuel.

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