Community growth with and without NWMO project presented to the public

The Community Liaison Committee hosted a presentation on Thursday, May 5 evening with key information setting the stage for the dozens of community studies that are nearing completion and will be presented publicly in the coming months.

Dave Rushton, Project Manager for the South Bruce Nuclear Exploration Team at the Municipality of South Bruce, and Allan Webster, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Environmental Assessment at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), co-presented the presentation as study managers for organizations.

The studies are part of the Municipality’s participation in the site selection process for the SGDN project to store used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository (DGR).

In total, there are about 40 studies aimed at informing decision-making and determining whether the project is feasible, safe and will bring benefits. In addition, the studies will help the community understand the changes the project may bring and how to deal with them if necessary.

Presenters noted that the studies largely focus on South Bruce, but many also examine impacts to the core study area of ​​four surrounding municipalities – Brockton, Huron-Kinloss, North Huron and Morris-Turnberry. Some studies will consider an even larger area, including several neighboring municipalities and counties.

Webster and Rushton also presented key data and information that serves as a benchmark – a foundation – for many studies to come.

This presentation included current demographic, employment and housing figures for South Bruce and the primary study area, as well as projected growth with and without the project moving forward.

For example, forecasts show that in the core study area of ​​the five municipalities, it is expected that there will be an increase of 3,400 jobs by 2046. However, considering the project would result in the creation of 1 260 additional jobs, of which 840 would be located in South Bruce.

The full presentation is in the CLC Agenda Package, and a summary document has been mailed to community members.

The CLC will hold a special meeting on May 19 which will present the first of the studies related to the project to the community. The theme of the presentation will be Project Workforce Development and the results of baseline studies on workforce, workforce development and effects on local hiring will be summaries.

South Bruce is one of two remaining communities that the Nuclear Waste Management Organization is considering as the site of a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel, a center of expertise and numerous support. The Municipality of South Bruce is working towards an informed decision for the community through the South Bruce Nuclear Exploration Project Team, Community Liaison Committee and independent reviews to determine if the site is safe for people and the environment, provides positive benefits and whether the community is willing to host the site.