UNENE coordinates university response to waste management policy review

Radioactive waste containers
Photo: Ontario Power Generation

Member participation in academic roundtable offers input to NRCan on policy modernization.

MARCH 10, 2021 – Academics from UNENE’s member and other post-secondary institutions participated in a virtual roundtable, Feb. 16, to share their perspectives and feedback as part of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) radioactive waste management policy consultation process. 

UNENE works as a secretariat for university input to the modernization effort. It is a connecting hub, representing and coordinating member university responses to the waste management policy review. 

Institutions that participated in the roundtable include: McMaster, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Ontario Tech University, Queen’s, Royal Military College, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Windsor and Western. 

In November 2020, NRCan announced a plan to modernize Canada’s radioactive waste policy to promote long-term management solutions, aligning with international standards and best practices. 

UNENE is putting a letter together to provide as a written contribution to NRCan expressing and summarizing academic input to the policy review and possible thoughts on how the university community can further support policy development.  

NRCan has launched a virtual Youth Corner to collect input and ideas from young Canadians about modernizing its waste management policies. 

Click here to visit the Youth Corner to take a survey or submit a video with questions or comments.