Conference Proceedings Paper
SITING CANADA'S DEEP GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY FOR USED NUCLEAR FUEL- AN UPDATE ON THE TECHNICAL SITE EVALUATION PROCESS
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration - 2016 Sept. 11-14
M. Ben Belfadhel (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. Potential candidate sites are assessed over a period of many years against both technical and social site evaluation factors. The screening-down process is advancing - from an initial starting point of 22 communities in the process, nine communities are now the focus of more detailed technical and community well-being studies. This paper provides an update on the site evaluation process and describes the approach, methods and criteria used in the assessments, focusing on technical studies. Activities to interweave Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge with western science are also discussed.
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