Blind River, Elliot Lake and Area No Longer Part of Site Selection

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The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) will focus efforts on fewer areas in the site selection process for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. The area around Blind River and Elliot Lake, Ontario, will no longer be considered to host the project. Studies are continuing in the vicinity of five other communities, including Ignace, Manitouwadge, Hornepayne, South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss, Ontario, from the original 22 that expressed interest in participating. 

Technical studies and engagement with people in the area identified a number of factors that would pose challenges in siting a repository. These include complexities associated with the geology, limited access and rugged terrain, and low potential to develop the breadth of partnerships needed to implement the project.  

“We are grateful to have worked with communities in this area and for the outstanding leadership they have shown on behalf of all Canadians through their involvement in this process,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, Vice President of Site Selection. “The decision to narrow our focus is part of an ongoing, rigorous process to identify a single, safe site in an area with an informed and willing host and strong potential for the partnerships that will be required to implement the project.” 

In recognition of their leadership, the municipal and First Nation communities that led siting activities in the area will be eligible for funding to support investments in community sustainability and well-being. Blind River, Elliot Lake and Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation will receive $600,000. The neighbouring communities of Spanish and The North Shore will receive $300,000. The contributions will be made to their community well-being reserve funds. 

Since 2010, the NWMO has been engaged in a multi-year, community-driven process to identify a preferred site for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The NWMO expects to be in a position to select a preferred site by about 2023. 

 

NWMO explores new website with Blind River and Elliot Lake CLCs

New NWMO website

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) showcased its new website to the Blind River and Elliot Lake Community Liaison Committees (CLCs) at their January meetings. The goal was to explain how the new site works and how it can support CLCs in their efforts to support learning in the community.

“We have a responsibility to inform the public about Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel. The new website is a tool that will help ensure people have access to information about us and the work underway in their areas,” said Michelle Dassinger, Digital Communications Program Manager with the NWMO.

In the presentation Dassinger explained to committee members that changing technology is a key reason the old website needed to be refreshed.

“Our research told us people found the old website difficult to navigate, and the information available there was often complex and hard to digest,” said Dassinger. “With input from website visitors, we designed the new site to be more user-friendly and easy to navigate. We also simplified content to make it easier to read.”

The new site is mobile and tablet friendly and complies with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). That means people with disabilities have the same user-experience when they land at www.nwmo.ca. The website also makes it easier to share content on social media.

The site features new Study Area pages that make it easy for residents to find information about the work being done in their areas. For this area, you can find news and other materials on the Blind River, Elliot Lake and Area page.

The new design features a questions and answer section called You Asked Us, where you can find information about a variety of topics. It also includes a section where people can search a comprehensive list of reports.