NWMO wrapping up drilling, starting water testing near Ignace, Ont.
Age dating, checking porosity, water movement all part of site research
Concerns about groundwater near a proposed site for a nuclear waste repository are top of mind for many who have worries about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's (NWMO) plan near Ignace, Ont.
The NWMO wrapped up the drilling of its sixth borehole earlier this month, but work on figuring out how water flows to and from the area will continue.
CBC News recently travelled to Ignace and Dryden, to hear about the public's perception of the project. One theme emerged, with many people concerned about water.
Jasmine Papassay lives at Wabigoon Lake First Nation, which is one of the closest communities to the proposed site.
"If it gets into the lakes, if it gets into the lakestream," Papassay worries, that the water, and areas within the watershed would be destroyed.
"If that gets ruined, that's my home. That's my children, my grandchildren's history."
Water is a concern
Alexander Blyth, a section manager and hydrologist with the NWMO said much of the research currently being done, has to do with water.
"It is all about the water, and from a layman's standpoint, that's what concerns people is the water. Where is this going to go, potentially, and that's why we need to understand how the water moves, or doesn't move underground."