Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) announced today it has decided to dump Elliot Lake and Blind River as possibilities for its new site.
The second phase of the decision making process has eliminated these sites for their deep geological repository.
Mayor Dan Marchisella expressed his regret at this final decision.
"It is with great regret that I inform you that Elliot Lake, Blind River and area will no longer be a part of the site selection process for a Deep Geological Repository," he said. “I must add that I am quite proud of our community for taking on the responsibility of being part of the ‘Learn More Process’ for the safe, long-term storage for spent nuclear fuel.”
Other potential northern city candidates included Hornepayne, Manitouwadge and White River. Each candidate offered a specific site that met the safety requirements the NWMO was looking for.
“We are grateful to have worked with communities in this area and for the outstanding leadership they have shown on behalf of all Canadians through their involvement in this process,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, Vice President of Site Selection. “The decision to narrow our focus is part of an ongoing, rigorous process to identify a single, safe site in an area with an informed and willing host and strong potential for the partnerships that will be required to implement the project.”
This new site would have created jobs in the North Shore district, which now leaves residents with mixed feelings.
To recognize leadership, the municipalities and First Nations Communities who held sitting activities in the area will be eligible for funding to help support local investments and community sustainability and well-being. Elliot Lake, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nations, and Blind River First Nation will be receiving $600,000. Spanish and The North Shore will be receiving $300,000.
Now that Elliot Lake and Blind River have been eliminated, the NWMO will now look at Ignace, Manitouwadge, Hornepayne, South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss to host the site.