The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is narrowing its focus to a few potential areas for its Deep Geologic Repository for used nuclear fuel and one of those sites will either be South Bruce or Huron-Kinloss.
The Township of Ignace in northwestern Ontario, the Township of Huron-Kinloss and the Municipality of South Bruce will continue to be considered potential host areas for the project.
However, the NWMO has stated that as for South Bruce and Huron Kinloss, only one of these communities will move forward in the site selection process.
South Bruce Mayor Robert Buckle is pleased his municipality is still in the running as a potential site location.
As such, he says South Bruce will continue to host Open House meeting to engage the public and determine if there is support from the community to potentially serve as the site location for the deep geological repository.
Buckle notes regardless of whether it is South Bruce or Huron-Kinloss, if the deep geological repository comes to Bruce County he says it will create significant economic spinoffs and thousands of direct and indirect jobs. (estimated 2 thousand jobs)
South Bruce's hard granite basin he says provides the NWMO with a viable option.
He believes a deep geological repository offers a much safer alternative to the current practice of storing the nuclear waste above ground.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization recently dropped the areas around the Townships of Hornepayen and Manitouwadge in northern Ontario from the list of sites being considered.
The site selection process began in 2010 with 22 sites, it has now been narrowed down to three sites and soon that will be two. (with one of those sites being in Bruce County.)
The NWMO has gradually narrowed its focus to fewer areas through technical site evaluations and social engagement to assess safety and the potential to build supportive and resilient partnerships.
As for the remaining three potential sites the next steps will include working with municipal and Indigenous communities in each area.
Vice President of Site Selection at the NWMO Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel says â€œThese are hard decisions and not made lightly, but ultimately, we are working towards identifying one area where we can implement Canadaâ€™s plan to ensure the protection of both people and the environment.