[ RadSafe ] NWM in Canada.

Franta, Jaroslav frantaj at aecl.ca
Thu Sep 23 08:58:00 CDT 2010



The site selection process may not be as difficult as you seem to think:

Village wants nuclear waste; 
Pinehouse goal to host storage facility for spent nuclear fuel
Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 20 August 2010
Jason Warick 

Leaders from the northern Saskatchewan village of Pinehouse want the community to host a nuclear waste storage facility.

Pinehouse officials sent a letter earlier this week to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in Toronto, declaring their intent to be considered as the future site for Canada's nuclear waste storage, a project estimated to be worth as much as $24 billion, said NWMO spokesperson Jamie Robinson. Pinehouse joins Ear Falls, Ont., as the two Canadian communities to declare their interest since NWMO began to accept letters of intent in May.

"It's a very significant, large national infrastructure, economic development project," Robinson said.

Other Canadian reserves and municipalities, including several in Saskatchewan, have made inquiries but not a formal declaration, Robinson said. The NWMO, established as a condition of federal regulations and funded by the nuclear industry, is seeking a Canadian site to store spent nuclear fuel. Construction could begin in eight to 10 years, with the facility operational in 2035, he said. They intend to select a "willing host community" and will not impose themselves without the consent of the relevant government authorities at each step of the process. Once up and running, such a facility would remain active for 50 to 60 years, he said.

For Pinehouse, the letter now triggers NWMO officials to conduct a site screening process, which could take up to 90 days. NWMO is primarily looking to see if the location "has got good rock," Robinson said.

There are several other conditions which must be met before proceeding further in the process. A site of at least 40 hectares must be available.

If the facility is built 500 metres below ground as planned, it must not interfere with any water tables, potential natural resource extraction or heritage and protected areas, Robinson said. It also can't be close to any fault lines or geologically unstable areas.

"You're basically looking for a real piece of solid, boring rock where there hasn't been any activity and you don't anticipate any activity for years," Robinson said.

Rob Norris, Minister Responsible for Uranium Development Partnership, said the provincial government has not received any official word on Pinehouse's intentions. Until, then, he can't comment on the proposal. In any case, the provincial government will withhold judgment until the process is much further along, he said.

Officials at the Pinehouse village office referred calls to Mayor Mike Natomagan, but he was not available for comment Thursday afternoon.

Pinehouse is located 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon.


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Jerry Cohen
Sent: September 21, 2010 4:26 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] NWM in Canada.

An old adage states that "A wise man learns from his mistakes. An even wiser man 
learns from other peoples mistakes". One might think that Canada would learn 
something by reviewing  the NWM blunders in the USA. However, the path they have 
determined to follow seems to resemble that which led to failure in this 
country. I wish them success, but would'nt bet on it.

The Government of Canada selected Canada’s plan for the long-term management 
of used nuclear fuel in June 2007. The approach, called Adaptive Phased 
Management, involves the development of a large infrastructure project in an 
informed and willing host community. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization 
(NWMO) is federally mandated to implement this project and is beginning the 
multi-year process for selecting an informed and willing community to host this 
national facility. 

  The plan calls for the construction of a deep geological repository to safely 
and securely contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel.


From: Glenn R. Marshall <GRMarshall at philotechnics.com>
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List 
<radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
Sent: Tue, September 21, 2010 12:32:12 PM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] [ RadSafe Yucca Mtn.

Another problem is the myth that our kids learn in school every day that the 
U.S. is a democracy.  It is not--it's a republic.  

And of course, another problem is the fact that DOE, NRC, OSHA, EPA, BLM, DOJ, 
Indian Affairs, and Starfleet Federation all get to have a say in and write 
conflicting regulations and opinions pertaining to something as benign as Yucca 

Glenn Marshall, CHP, RRPT
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