The Town of Ignace is still in the running to be a host community for a long term nuclear waste storage facility.
Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel is the vice-president for site selection and says last year they drilled their first bore hole and more testing is being planned for later this year.
“We have identified one location where we are drilling these bore holes,” explains Dr. Ben Belfadhel.
“And that location has been identified as a potential repository site and that process has involved the community as well.”
He says their preferred site is about 20 kilometers east of the Wabigoon First Nation and 40 kilometers east of Ignace.
A final site selection won’t be announced until 2023.
Ignace, Manitouadge and Hornepayne are the three sites still in the running for the nuclear waste repository site in northwestern Ontario.
The other two potential sites are located in the Bruce Penninsula, not far from the Bruce Nuclear Reactor site on Lake Huron.