(IGNACE, ON) – The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has said that they have been in contact with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in an effort to apply for their approval to begin drilling in Ignace in regards to nuclear waste.
Since January, when the last exploratory borehole was drilled approximately 1000 metres deep, the teams’ researchers were busy evaluating various core samples along with related work. The work is expected to take until the end of the year to complete analyzing the cores and other related tasks.
Some of the testing has very specific needs, and get sent off to specialized laboratories to complete. Initial findings were said to be positive, and without surprises but was very consistent with what was expected.
The active location for the drilling is roughly 34km to the west of Ignace, south of Highway 17. Should the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry give them the go-ahead, 2 additional boreholes could begin during the fall season in the area within 2km of the site.
The underground nuclear waste repository would be located around half a kilometre below ground. Area residents were updated on Wednesday during an Open House that the NWMO held.
The evaluation of the chosen site may require an additional 20 boreholes to be drilled before the research is complete, in an effort to fully understand the geology at the site.
There are currently two drill sites, each of them are roughly the size of two official NHL ice measurements if put beside each other.
Other Ontario communities jockeying for the storage facility are Huron0Knioss Township, Hornepayne, Municipality of South Bruce, and Huron-Kinloss Township.
2023 is when the NWMO believes they will know which community will be chosen as the preferred site.