Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization has selected an Ontario-based environmental and engineering company to drill and test initial boreholes as part of site selection for a potential nuclear waste repository in South Bruce. Geofirma Engineering Ltd will conduct the initial borehole drilling and testing activities as part of the NWMO’s site assessment program, as we seek to further build our understanding of the geosphere at the potential repository site, the agency said. “Geofirma has extensive experience in characterizing low-permeability bedrock and brings proven expertise in borehole drilling and testing in South Bruce,” said Sean Sterling, Vice President, Principal Hydrogeologist/Engineer at Geofirma Engineering Ltd.
“The data and information we will gather will help form an in-depth understanding of the area geosphere while providing opportunities for local support services,” he said.
Geofirma will be contacting area businesses to source needed supplies and materials for the upcoming field program. Site preparation work, followed by borehole drilling, coring and testing, is expected to begin this fall. “A great example has been set by the nuclear industry in supporting the local area businesses, and it is very important to our business owners to see the same leadership by NWMO and its contractors such as Geofirma as the community continues to learn more about the deep geological repository project,” said Adam Ireland, vice president of the South Bruce Community and Business Association.
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