Company named to drill test holes for nuclear waste storage

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Borehole drilling will be starting soon at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s test site in South Bruce.

Geofirma Engineering Ltd. has been named to conduct the test hole drilling.

“The data and information we will gather will help form an in-depth understanding of the area geosphere while providing opportunities for local support services,” said Sean Sterling, vice present and principal hydrogeologist/engineer with Geofirma Engineering Ltd.

The NWMO is down to two potential sites for a deep geological repository for spent nuclear waste. One of them is Ignace in northern Ontario and the other is South Bruce, not far from the Bruce Nuclear Power Development. Residents of South Bruce have protested the use of farm land for the repository and expressed concerns about the safety of the storage process.

The NWMO has accumulated about 1300 of the 1500 acres it needs to go ahead with the project either through purchase or agreement.

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