Conference Proceedings Paper
CANADA’S DEEP GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY FOR USED NUCLEAR FUEL – UPDATE ON THE SITE EVALUATION PROCESS AND INTERWEAVING OF ABORIGINAL TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
35th Annual CNS Conference - 2015 May 31 - June 3
B. Watts (Nuclear Waste Management Organization)
M. Ben Belfadhel (Nuclear Waste Management Organization)
J. A. Facella (Nuclear Waste Management Organization)
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for implementing Adaptive Phased Management (APM), the approach selected by the Government of Canada for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel generated by Canadian nuclear reactors. The ultimate objective of APM is the centralized containment and isolation of Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a Deep Geological Repository (DGR) in a suitable crystalline or sedimentary rock formation. In May 2010, the NWMO initiated a nine-step site selection process to seek an informed and willing community to host Canada’s deep geological repository. As of April 2015, twenty-two communities expressed interest in learning more about the project. This paper provides an update on the site evaluation process and describes the approach, methods and criteria used in the assessments, focusing on geological and community well-being studies. Engagement and field activities to interweave Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge with western science are also discussed.
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