Know Nuclear Waste
Welcome to our information web site about nuclear waste.
This site has been created to provide ordinary people with information about an extra-ordinary challenge: the long term management of the highly radioactive waste that is created as a byproduct of using nuclear power to generate electricity.
In Canada - as in several other countries that use nuclear power - the nuclear industry is committed to the idea of burying the nuclear fuel waste in a rock formation in a yet-to-be-identified location. In 2002 the federal government gave the nuclear industry permission to begin a search for a suitable site and a willing community, and in May 2010 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization formally launched their search for just such a community.
There are now nine communities being studied as potential burial sites for all of Canada's high level nuclear fuel waste. As of August 2012,twenty-one communities were allowing themselves to be studied as possible end points for all of Canada's high level nuclear waste: three in northern Saskatchewan, twelve in northern Ontario, and six in southwesternOntario. In November 2013 the NWMO dropped two from northern Saskatchewan and two from northern Ontario. InJanuary 2014, two communities in Bruce County were dropped, and in June 2014 the town of Nipigon withdrew. The NWMO dropped Brockon in December 2014, and Spanish and the Township of the North Shore in January 2015. In February 2015, Creighton, Saskatchewan and Schreiber, Ontario were removed from the NWMO investigations.
A public interest information project about nuclear waste burial in Canada.
What is nuclear waste?
Nuclear wastes are the radioactive by-products of developing and using nuclear technologies, including nuclear power reactors and nuclear weapons. Nuclear fuel waste is also called "high level" waste, and is the most radioactive of the waste products generated by nuclear power production.Type your paragraph here.
What is the nuclear industry looking for?
The nuclear industry - under the banner of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization - is looking for a community willing to become the "host" to all of Canada's nuclear fuel waste - approximately 50,000 tonnes to date. The NWMO plan is to place the waste deep underground. It includes the option of centralizing the waste in temporary storage at the site selected for a geological repository while research is still underway and prior to the site having been fully investigated.
One Hundred Public Interest Groups Send Open Letter to Government of Ontario: Ontario Power Generation’s Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste in Deep Underground Caverns Beside Lake Huron Must be Set Aside, May 2015
NWMO Releases Schreiber and Creighton from Site Investigations for Deep Geological Repository for Nuclear Fuel Waste, March 2015
Inside the race for Canada’s nuclear waste: 11 towns vie to host deep burial site - The Globe and Mail Report on Business, February, 2015