Ontario Power Generation says it has three requested studies underway that will be completed by October, at the request from the federal Environment Ministry.
In a presentation to Kincardine Council on Wednesday, OPG representative Allan Webster says one of the studies is looking at alternate locations for a Deep Geologic Repository to house low and intermediate nuclear waste.
OPG has pointed out they are not looking for a new host community but is approaching the issue on a hypothetical basis.
Mayor Anne Eadie says her impression is that OPG is gathering information on what would need to be considered for alternate sites.
The feds have also asked for a study on cumulative effects with the possibility of having the Kincardine DGR near one for fuel storage.
Huron Kinloss and South Bruce are moving through the process for the spent fuel DGR.
Councillor Laura Haight says the cumulative study is important enough that she suggests another "mini-hearing" on the new information for people to comment on.
Staff will bring a report back to council.
OPG hopes to have the results of its studies presented to the federal government by the end of the year, after conferring with the public.
The government is expected to make a decision on the next step in 2017.
If and when a licence to build a DGR is issued, they will complete a detailed engineering design of the DGR and then commence construction.
Another licence application will be needed to operate such a facility.