NWMO vice-president updates South Bruce council

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SOUTH BRUCE – Lise Morton, vice-president of site selection for the NWMO’s proposed deep geological repository (DGR), provided an update to South Bruce council, reiterating updates provided to the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) and providing comments on the recent deadline extension for site selection.

Morton highlighted the NWMO’s success in 2022, including the Property Value Protection program, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with South Bruce, the socio-economic studies nearly completed, the release of the Confidence in Safety report, the completed full-scale emplacement trial, the environmental baseline monitoring program and the borehole drilling completed, with continued testing.

Explaining the reasoning behind the extension, Morton said, “And really, while we maintain the momentum…on various aspects of our program, where we really experienced the impact was in face-to-face communication with community members in all communities, and in all regions.”

“We really need that time to be able to give communities the opportunity to absorb the information that’s coming out,” Morton said, “And I just want to, again, extend to members of the public, there are many ways in which you can engage on a project, you can certainly come in to the Teeswater office, our team is there every day.”

Deputy Mayor Mike McDonagh expressed concern about the extension affecting the ongoing studies in the area. “I would like some sort of commitment that these studies will stay on track and be completed by the end date for these studies,” he said, “so that we can take them forward to our public and people get a good look at what’s going on and it’s not going to be a real quick decision that they have to make.”

Morton said, “The studies have been on track right now as far as schedule, that’s still our intent is to continue to complete those studies on track. The intent of the extension is not to have all of the work take longer. It’s so that you can really make sure that the communities have the time to digest all the information that’s coming out of studies, again, eventually a partnership agreement, that kind of thing.”

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times