The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is once again serving up the straight facts by bringing its Mobile Learn More Centre to share Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, with the neighbourhoods and communities throughout the Municipality of South Bruce.
The mobile centre has returned to the region for the first time in six months, and NWMO staff is excited to meet with citizens from across South Bruce and the surrounding communities face-to-face – but in a safe and physically-distant manner.
“People have the right to accurate information and we have a responsibility to provide it,” says Lisa Frizzell, vice-president of stakeholder relations at the NWMO. “We encourage people to come to the Mobile Learn More Centre and make their own determination based on facts, not misinformation.
“Over the past few months, we have all had to adapt how we work and live. We know many of you have questions, and our staff is here to answer them. That’s why we are excited to open the doors of our Mobile Learn More Centre to the residents of South Bruce and neighbours. You will notice some changes to ensure physical-distancing, but our message remains the same: we are here to share facts about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term storage of used nuclear fuel.”
“Now is the time to get involved and learn more about Canada’s plan,” said South Bruce mayor Robert Buckle. “I encourage residents across South Bruce and our neighbours in the area to take advantage of this opportunity and tour the Mobile Learn More Centre. We know there are questions – this is a great way to speak to experts first-hand.”
Frizzell also shared information on the ongoing work in South Bruce, including deep borehole drilling to further understand the geology, the importance of local input in the environmental baseline studies, and the ongoing land access process.
This work will help ensure the potential Deep Geological Repository (DGR) will safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel for centuries to come.
Frizzell also highlighted the recent municipal resolution that focuses on a set of principles stemming from the project visioning work:
“The resolution is an important example of our collaborative approach with the municipality of South Bruce,” she says. “We thank the mayor and council for their ongoing leadership and careful consideration of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.”
The Mobile Learn More Centre is a rolling exhibit designed to travel across the province and country to share Canada’s plan and the NWMO’s work with local communities. It includes multimedia, interactive and static exhibits to explain Canada’s plan for a DGR. The exhibits and the trailer have been adapted to ensure safety and physical-distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The mobile centre will be at various locations through South Bruce over the next week:
Teeswater Community Centre – Sept. 23-24
Mildmay Freshmart – Sept. 25-26
Belmore Community Centre (Arena) – Sept. 28
Formosa Community Centre – Sept. 29