Dryden Council Memorandum with Nuclear Waste Management Organization – Lake Superior News

DRYDEN, ONTARIO ~~~~~ July 4, 2022 (LSNews) At the June 27, 2022 Council meeting, City of Dryden staff were authorized to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to further define the term “significant neighboring community” with respect to the NWMO’s Adaptive Phased Management project.

The signing of the MOU does not constitute the City of Dryden’s endorsement of the Deep Geological Repository (DGR) or the selection of Ignace as the host community.

The following is a summary of the actions set out in the MOU: • Remain an active and engaged community with the NWMO regarding RDG.
• Provide the NWMO with the results of any RDG-related studies or relevant planning documents when made public or unless otherwise agreed with Dryden.
• Discuss community capacity building, community engagement, community studies, ongoing groundwork and partnership development with the NWMO.
• Assess and undertake baseline studies specific to the community of Dryden prior to the formal impact assessment process to identify mitigation measures to minimize adverse effects and improve community well-being.
• Support the continued development of studies undertaken by Dryden and funded by the NWMO.
• Initiate discussions towards a benefits agreement with respect to RMD.
A benefits agreement would support collaboration throughout the development of the APM project, the impact assessment process, and support long-term operational goals.

With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, both the City and the NWMO recognize that there will be an impact in Dryden if Ignace is selected as the host community for the deep geological repository. This will also open discussions towards the development of a Benefits Agreement that would seek to align with the Dryden Community Strategic Plan.

Municipal officials will continue the important work of fully identifying and understanding the potential impacts the NWMO project will have on the community if it proceeds. Some of these impacts will increase pressure on municipal resources in Dryden. The City will continue to focus on minimizing adverse effects, realizing all identified benefits, and ensuring community safety remains the top priority.

The City of Dryden will also ensure that the community is not financially burdened, now or in the future, as a result of Project impacts.

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