NWMO Completes Phase 1 Preliminary Assessments in Bruce County

Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce will continue to more detailed study; five communities recognized for leadership

TORONTO, December 2, 2014 — The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has completed the first phase of preliminary assessment for three communities in Bruce County, Ontario that expressed interest in learning about Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

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Community Profile – Draft

To view a draft copy of the Municipality of South Bruce Community Profile please click here.


The list of businesses included in this Community Profile was based on the most currently published information at the time of the study. If any business within South Bruce wishes to be added or removed from the Community Profile please contact Sharon Chambers at the Municipality of South Bruce 519-392-6623.


Site Visit: Western Waste Management Facility

The South Bruce C L C attended a tour and information session at the O P G W W M Facility in Kincardine, Ontario on August 27, 2013

The South Bruce Community Liaison Committee attended a tour and information session at the OPG Western Waste Management Facility in Kincardine, Ontario on August 27, 2013.

The committee had the opportunity to attend the Learn More Program which provided additional information on the NWMO and Adaptive Phased Management, Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The facility tour provided a first-hand look at current interim waste management practices, safety and security.
The day began with the information session where various NWMO and OPG representatives conducted a presentation for the attendees. Topics included the site selection process and preliminary assessments (Step 3); technical briefings; aboriginal engagement; community well-being as well as how nuclear waste and used nuclear fuel is currently being managed and stored.

In the afternoon, the tour provided a view of the process around managing nuclear waste and used nuclear fuel. Safety and security was paramount. Record checks of all participants were required prior to attendance and photo ID was presented upon arrival for issuance of an ID badge. Armed guards were at various points throughout the property to ensure security at all times. Hard hats, safety glasses and hearing protection were provided. Upon entry to the storage building for used nuclear fuel, a “sniff” test machine and metal detector were passed through to check for any threats on the body, while personal effects were investigated by a baggage x-ray machine similar to those found in an airport. When leaving the area, each individual had to enter a full body monitor to ensure that they left the facility free of contamination. The tour guide also wore a dosimeter badge at all times to monitor any exposure to external radiation.

The used fuel storage containers are very carefully designed and tested to ensure integrity. Each container was welded shut and fibre optic cables are run through the encasement to prevent any tampering. Further security was provided by cameras monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.

South Bruce C L C members vist the Western Waste Management Facility