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Ignace

Driftwood Ignace, Ontario

Volume 36, Number 28

July 24, 2013

NWMO Transportation Exhibit visits Ignace Over 160 Ignace residents and visitors had a free hot dog lunch and and an opportunity to explore a used nuclear fuel transportation package here last weekend, part of an exhibit displayed near the ball diamonds on July 20 by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization ( NWMO) , which is implementing Canada’s plan for the longterm care of used fuel produced by Canadian nuclear electricity generating stations. The earliest that used nuclear fuel transportation would begin is 2035. During his visit to the exhibit, Mayor Lee Kennard said, “The whole transportation exhibit was very good at demonstrating the rigourous safety and security requirements and the comprehensive planning that is involved. Seeing the trailer and containers up close reinforces my confidence that the public and the environment will be wellprotected.” The plan, Adaptive Phased Management (APM), requires that used nuclear fuel currently safely stored at the generating stations where it is produced be transported to

a deep geological repository where it will be isolated and contained essentially indefinitely. The centralized facility, which will rely on a multiple barrier safety system, will be hosted by an informed and willing community. Currently, 21 communities located in Saskatchewan and Ontario are in the initial steps of learning about the project. Safety is built into every element of the transportation system. The transport container is specifically designed to protect the public by withstanding severe accident conditions. It is made of a solid stainless steel box with walls nearly 30 centimetres thick, a lid attached by 32 bolts, and an impact limiter. When loaded with 192 used Candu fuel bundles it weighs almost 35 tonnes. The transportation of used nuclear fuel is a stringently regulated activity involving both Transport Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The transportation package is designed to meet a series of challenging performance require-

ments specified by the CNSC and based on international standards developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It must undergo a series of severe tests to ensure its radioactive contents are not released. Trailers to haul used nuclear fuel containers are specially designed for the purpose and include secure tie downs and anti-sway and anti-roll features. The tractor pulling the unit has numerous safety features including a digital survey meter to detect any leaks, a shut down switch and sophisticated communication and tracking equipment to keep in constant contact with a control centre. Drivers must have an excellent safe driving record and will be highly trained. Emergency response and security plans are an important part of the overall transportation plan. There has never been a serious injury, overexposure, fatality or environmental consequence as a result of more than 20thousand used fuel shipments traveling over 30-million kilometers in Canada and

About the NWMO The purpose of the NWMO is to develop and implement, collaboratively with Canadians, a management approach for the long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel that is socially acceptable, technically sound, environmentally responsible and economically feasible. The NWMO was created in 2002 by Canada’s nuclear electricity producers. Ontario P ower Generation Inc., NB Power Nuclear and Hydro-Québec are the founding members, and along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, fund the NWMO’s operations. The NWMO derives its national mandate from the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act, which came into force in November 2002.

On Fire - 2nd Place Women 69.00 seconds

C-Unit - 2nd Place Men 35.02 seconds

Frankis -1st Place Men 27.05 seconds

internationally during the past 45 years. If you missed the exhibit and want more information about the NWMO and the site selection process, please visit the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee office at 102 Main S treet or go to www.nwmo.ca/sitingprocess

2013 Fire Truck Pull

Wobbly Pops - 1st Place Women 47.02 seconds


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