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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Two Bruce Communities Still In DGR Running

Bruce County | by Kevin Bernard  

South Bruce & Huron-Kinloss are still up for Deep Geologic Repository consideration.

Two Bruce county communities are still in the running for a proposed multi-billion dollar deep geological repository, (DGR) for burying nuclear waste.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has dropped Blind River and Elliot Lake from it's list of potential sites.

It says there are concerns about rugged terrain and limited access for both of those locations, so they were taken off the list.

However, South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss are still in the running.

There are a total of 5 communities still on the list out of the original 22.

In 2015 dollars, the project is estimated to be worth 22.8 billion dollars and construction likely won't begin until 2040.

Since 2010, the NWMO has been engaged in a multi-year, community-driven process to identify a preferred site for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization expects to select a preferred site by about 2023.

NWMO is tasked with developing and implementing long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel that is socially acceptable, technically sound, environmentally responsible and economically feasible.

Used fuel transportation, handling and placement operations in the repository will occur over a period of about 40 years or more, depending on the inventory of used fuel to be managed.

After that, the repository will be monitored for an extended period of time before decommissioning, closure and post-closure monitoring.

Right now, 2.4-million fuel bundles are safely stored across Canada in various facilities, enough bundles to fill seven hockey rinks to the top of the boards.

To put in perspective, a proposed DGR would hold four-million fuel bundles.

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