image: Chalk River nuclear site (source: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)

Nuclear Waste Management

June 21, 2022 – Ontario is one step closer to having a deep hole for nuclear waste (TVO) – two sites have made it to the final step in the selection process (one northwest of Ignace and another in South Bruce)

Related News: get information from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization about each of the potential sites, and which additional areas are no longer being considered.

April 19, 2022 – a new report from the International Joint Commission (IJC) Great Lakes Water Quality Board recommends special precautions that governments should take to better protect Great Lakes water quality when it comes time to retire nuclear plants. There are currently 18 nuclear plants located on the shores of the Great Lakes in Canada and the United States. Learn more here: and watch a short video summarizing the board’s report, “Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Facilities in the Great Lakes Basin.”

January 18, 2022 – 30,000 shipments of nuclear waste would move through Ontario cities, farmland under draft plan. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) says 5.5 million radioactive spent nuclear fuel rods would come from Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick by truck or rail to either Ignace or South Bruce in Ontario. (CBC)

Oct.6, 2021 – U.S. opposition to Canadian government’s nuclear waste storage facility proposal in Great Lakes Basin (Cottage Life)

May 31, 2021 – FOCA’s letter to Natural Resources Canada, in response to Canada’s review of radioactive waste policy.

February, 2021 – FOCA was one of over 100 public interest community groups who signed a joint letter setting our expectations for a nuclear waste review that must be transparent, and independent of the nuclear industry.

Read the letter by clicking here.

March 24, 2021 – Ottawa Riverkeeper submission on Nuclear Waste Management in Ontario

Proposal for permanent disposal of nuclear waste on crown land
August, 2020 – The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will begin transporting used nuclear fuel from reactor sites in Canada to a deep geological repository in the 2040s, and is seeking input to guide future plans.

2017 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has initiated the regulatory approvals process, including a federal environmental assessment, for a proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) for the management of CNL’s low-level radioactive waste. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will make a decision after a licensing hearing in January 2018.

A solution for CNL’s “legacy obligations”?  According to CNL, the near surface disposal technology has been demonstrated internationally and the location, construction and operation will be subject to a rigorous regulatory process, including environmental assessment. More info…

To stay informed on this project, contact CNL at or call 1- 00-364-6989.

In the News

May 19, 2020 – Canada Needs a National Radioactive Waste Policy (Canadian Environmental Law Association)

June 27, 2017 – Scientists decry plan for Ontario nuclear-waste site (Globe and Mail)

March 17, 2017 – Ottawa Riverkeeper studies plans for permanent disposal of radioactive waste beside the Ottawa River

Related FOCA webpages

Deep Geologic Repository for Nuclear Waste in the Great Lakes basin – cancelled

Nuclear emergency preparedness: is Ontario ready?


Terry ReesNuclear Waste Management