NWMO Land Access Process: Next Steps in South Bruce
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, in a manner that protects people and the environment. Canada’s plan calls for used nuclear fuel to be isolated and contained in a deep geological repository located in an area with informed and willing hosts. The Municipality of South Bruce expressed interest in the site selection process and began learning about Canada’s plan in 2012. We are now one of five communities continuing to learn, and one of two communities participating in the Land Access Process.
A key part of the site selection process is studying and identifying a site that can safely house the underground repository and its surface-level facilities. Part of that work requires the NWMO to assemble and access sufficient land to complete these studies. This will be done through the Land Access Process which involves the NWMO asking local landowners to participate in a process and consider signing an option agreement or offering land for purchase.
Next Steps for Interested Local Landowners:
• Drop by the NWMO Learn More Centre in Teeswater to speak with NWMO staff and understand what it means to participate in the Land Access Process
About the Land Access Process:
• At this stage in the process, no community has decided whether or not they wish to host the project; the Land Access Process is just part of the site investigation process that is part of the larger site selection process.
• The NWMO is looking to access approximately 1,500 acres (600 hectares) belonging to one or multiple landowner(s).
• Landowners who sign option agreements will be compensated, including $10,000 to cover the costs of professional fees (such as appraisal, legal advice or an accountant), plus 10 per cent of the fair market value of the property as an option payment.
• The NWMO will only need to access small areas to conduct studies, which will allow people to continue to live and work on their land after signing the option agreement.
• If the NWMO purchases the land, landowners may be able to leaseback much of the land and continue current land use for decades to come.
• Canada’s plan is funded by waste owners through annual payments to trust funds that cover the costs of building, maintaining and decommissioning the project, as well as separate payments to cover annual operations. This land access initiative fits into the NWMO’s long-term fiscal plan and does not change the overall cost of the project.
• If the area proves to be willing hosts and the site is selected as a preferred site, the NWMO may exercise the option and purchase the land within five years
If you are interested in learning more about Canada’s plan, or the Land Access Process, please visit the NWMO Learn More Centre at 12B Clinton Street in Teeswater. The Learn More Centre is operating with extended office hours from Thursday May 16 to Saturday June 1, 2019.
Tuesdays - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursdays - 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fridays - 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays - 6:00 am – 4:00 pm