The NWMO Learn More Centre in Ripley. (Photo by Craig Power)

NWMO Takes Central Huron Off DGR Search List

Central Huron is off the list in a search for a deep geologic repository for used nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) made the announcement Friday, narrowing the focus.

South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss are both still on the list as is Hornepayne in the Algoma region and Manitouwadge in the Thunder Bay region.

“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.”

More geological studies are planned in South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss and regional engagement will continue.

Studies are also continuing in areas around Ignace, Blind River and Elliot Lake, Ontario, which are also engaged in the process for siting the national infrastructure project.

According to NWMO officials, the process will continue until one preferred safe and socially acceptable site is the focus of a more detailed site characterization.

The preferred site must have a suitable rock formation in an area with an informed and willing host.