NWMO’s Learn More Centre

The NWMO’s Learn More Centre, located at 12B Clinton Street in Teeswater, has a new look with extensive resource materials.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to come in and check out the refurbished surroundings and chat about South Bruce’s involvement with Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

NWMO to Focus Field Studies on Fewer Communities

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TORONTO, June 23, 2017 –The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is narrowing its focus to fewer communities as it prepares to further advance the next set of activities in the selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

The Municipality of Central Huron and the Township of White River will no longer be considered a potential host for the project. Both will continue to play a role as activities continue in nearby communities of Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce in the southwest, and to the northwest in the vicinity of Hornepayne and Manitouwadge

“As we work toward identifying a single preferred site, we need to increasingly focus on specific locations that have strong potential to meet safety requirements and a foundation for sustained interest in exploring the project,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, Vice-President of Site Selection. “Central Huron and White River have each made a significant contribution on behalf of Canadians to this project, and their continued leadership will be invaluable as we work together to plan next steps in their regions.” 

The next activities in the areas of Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce; and Hornepayne and Manitouwadge will involve planning for more geological studies and initial discussions about visioning and partnership. Regional engagement will continue, as the project will only proceed with interested communities, potentially affected First Nation and Métis communities, and surrounding communities working in partnership to implement it.

Studies continue in areas around Ignace, Blind River and Elliot Lake, Ontario, which are also engaged in the process for siting the national infrastructure project. Ongoing field activities and engagement with municipal, First Nation and Métis communities in those regions are not affected by today’s decision.

The NWMO will continue the process of narrowing down potential sites to host the project until it arrives at one preferred safe and socially acceptable site as the focus of more detailed site characterization. The preferred site must have a suitable rock formation in an area with an informed and willing host.

NWMO explores new website with South Bruce CLC

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The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) showcased its new website to the South Bruce Community Liaison Committee (CLC) at their April meeting. 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.”

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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 South Bruce 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.

Plaque Presentation to Council by NWMO

Staff from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) made a presentation to South Bruce Council on Step 3, Phase 2 activities of the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) Project at the Council meeting held on February 10, 2015.  NWMO staff also presented South Bruce Council with a plaque recognizing the Municipality for Outstanding Leadership. The plaque was presented to the Municipality to acknowledge the leadership and cooperative spirit with which the first Phase of the Learn More process of the APM Project was engaged in by Council and the residents of South Bruce.

N W M O staff present South Bruce Council with a commemorative plaque

To Learn More about the APM Project or South Bruce’s involvement in it, visit the NWMO website at www.nwmo.ca, or the SBCLC website at www.clcinfo.ca/southbruce