Members of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission have met with the Creighton Community Liaison Committee as part of the early stages of Creighton’s application to host a nuclear waste storage facility. A Commission Director Don Howard says the Commission is Canada’s independent nuclear regulator and is conducting the pre-licensing phase. He says what they’re doing is independent research to get ready for an application for the geological repository and secondly they are doing outreach to inform communities about the Commission and their role in the project so its kind of another piece of information that communities need to know that they are there for health, safety, security and the protection of the environment.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization must apply to the Commission for a license for a storage facility but that is not expected in the next few years. They must first identify a willing and informed host community in a suitable geological area.