A northern Saskatchewan town has formally announced it is interested in storing Canada's nuclear waste.
The town council of Creighton, which is next to the border with Manitoba, recently voted to enter the site selection process.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will now study the area to see if it will work.
Saskatchewan has no nuclear power plants, but provinces that do are running out of room to store spent fuel on-site.
The industry is looking at trucking nuclear waste to a central storage site, where it can be buried deep underground.
Environmentalists have raised concerns about the risks of accidents or leaks during transport.
But proponents say nuclear waste storage would be a multimillion dollar enterprise.
In a CBC interview, Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler listed many potential benefits: "The economic boom and the jobs created, not just at the site itself but the spin-off jobs, the extra business, the extra housing that would be needed." Fidler says there's been some debate on the issue, but most of the people in the Creighton area are supportive.
"Personally, I had a lot more people comment to me about how interesting it is, how much they support it and the possibilities that would be tremendous."
Two other Saskatchewan communities, the village of Pinehouse and the English River First Nation, have also expressed interest in storing nuclear waste.