OVERVIEW AND UPDATE ON "THE KINCARDINE INITIATIVE"": OPG'S DGR FOR THE STORAGE OF LOW AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE (2000-2016)"
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration - 2016 Sept. 11-14


Presented at:
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration
2016 Sept. 11-14
Location:
Ottawa, Canada
Session Title:
Session T1: Stakeholder Engagement

Authors:
G. Sutton (Energy Initiatives Ontario)
  

Abstract

The Bruce site (Western Waste Management Facility {WWMF}) has been the host storage site for all Low & Intermediate Level Waste (LLW/ILW) from Ontario Power Generation (OPG ) reactors.

This paper will summarize key themes and techniques that resulted in the initial proposal called the “Kincardine Initiative” leading to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) being signed between the Municipality of Kincardine (MOK) and OPG.

Particular attention will be given to various engagement techniques that assisted council members of the MOK to assure themselves that there was community support.

A summary of best international communications practices will be reviewed and discussed briefly. References to other relevant, international nuclear waste disposal sites will be provided.

The challenges of simplifying complex scientific, technical and geological concepts and information for general public understanding will be addressed.

Highlights of this plan included commitments to openness and transparency in the options review and a commitment to both public consultation and communications.

This commitment also included joint trips to Europe and the USA to aid selection of the best technology and alternatives. This led to signature of a unique Community Hosting Agreement.

Major themes to be describedfor use by other jurisdictions included the use of a Community Consultation Centre staffed by both MOK and OPG, a delegation of the CNSC to MOK Council, use of UWO MBA students to research international industry trends and briefings with key stakeholders including First Nations.

Finally, the extensive hearings by the Joint Review Panel (JRP) will be reviewed to emphasize how science based Environmental Assessments are the “wave of the future”.

 

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