Ignace last remaining northern community in running for nuclear waste repository.

The Township of Ignace is one of the two final communities in Ontario being considered for a nuclear waste repository.

On Nov. 26, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) announced that Ignace and the Township of Huron-Kinloss/Municipality of South Bruce in southern Ontario were the two final contenders in the ongoing, multi-year search for a community willing to host a deep underground repository to store spent nuclear fuel.

According to NWMO, the country currently has an inventory of nearly three million used nuclear fuel bundles.

"As we work towards identifying a single, preferred location for this project, in an area with informed and willing hosts, we need to increasingly focus on specific locations that have strong potential to meet the project's safety and partnership requirements," said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, vice-president of site selection at the NWMO.

"These are hard decisions and not made lightly, but ultimately, we are working towards identifying one area where we can implement Canada's plan to ensure the protection of both people and the environment."

The site selection process, which began in 2010 with 22 communities, has narrowed the search through technical site evaluations and consultations...

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