OCGC Seminar - The Nuclear Waste Management Organization: Geosciences Research and Development in Canada


Mark Jensen
Director, Deep Geologic Repository Geosciences and Research
Nuclear Waste Mangement Organization

Thursday, November 24th 
11:30 a.m.  

Gamble Hall 
615 Booth Street 
Geological Survey of Canada 



The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible in Canada for implementation of the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) approach, the long-term strategy for the management of Canada’s nuclear used fuel.  The APM approach envisions the nuclear used fuel ultimately being emplaced in a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) in a suitable crystalline or sedimentary geologic setting.  In this role, the NWMO manages and directs an APM technology program focused on advancing repository engineering, geosciences and safety assessment techniques and methods as related to the design and safety of a DGR for used nuclear fuel.  This presentation will provide an overview of the NWMO’s Geosciences Research and Development activities during the last decade. These activities are multidisciplinary in nature and broad in scope with intent to advance the understanding of deep seated groundwater system evolution and stability at time frames relevant to DGR safety in low permeability sedimentary and crystalline environs. The recent application and integration of such Geoscience methods within an Environment Assessment for a proposed DGR for low and intermediate level radioactive waste within an 840-m thick Palaeozoic age sedimentary sequence beneath the Bruce nuclear site, located in Kincardine Municipality, Ontario is described.