Nuclear Waste On-line

February 2013 Workshop / Webinar Series
See below for details on how to connect with this on-line workshop series
Q & A
Workshop Time / Date

Nuclear Waste: Top Ten Things to Know

An introduction and overview of nuclear waste issues in Canada: where the waste comes from, why it is a problem, what the nuclear industry is proposing, and key issues related to the transport and burial of highly radioactive nuclear waste. This workshop provides basic information, as an introduction to the topic of nuclear waste in Canada and as background for other workshops in the series.

Presenter: Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch
Tuesday, February  5      12 noon 

Friday, February 8            2 pm

Safe by What Standard? How nuclear facilities are regulated in Canada

This workshop provides an overview of how nuclear facilities are regulated in Canada, and includes information about how nuclear-related risks are calculated, what standards and regulations are based on,  how the rules for protecting the public and environment from radiation are developed, and how security risks are regulated.

Presenter: Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Tuesday, February  12       12 noon

Friday, February 15             2 pm

Burying Trouble: Deep Geological Repositories for Nuclear Waste

Many countries, including Canada, are considering burying highly radioactive nuclear waste deep underground. This workshop will describe some of the common elements of these proposals, briefly describe several countries’ proposals, and identify some of the outstanding technical challenges. The workshop provides background information for the final workshop in the series.

Presenter: Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch
Tuesday, February  19       12 noon

Friday, February 22             2 pm

Judging Geological Repositories: How Different Countries Evaluate Nuclear Waste Burial  Proposals

In the lingo of nuclear waste burial, the “safety case” is the technical explanation of why a particular design in a particular rock formation will actually contain the radioactive wastes for a predicted period of time. This workshop will compare how different countries intend to assess the ability of a proposed deep geological repository to contain the nuclear hazards over time.

Presenter: Laura Bowman, LLB, Iler Campbell Law Firm
Tuesday, February  26       12 noon

Friday, March 1                   2 pm

How to connect with this on-line workshop series:

  • Each workshop will be presented twice, at the times and dates shown above
  • All workshop are being presented using a web site  for on-line meetings called; please visit the web site in advance to learn the basics about how the on-line meetings are presented and to test your system
  • You have the choice of listening through your computer, or listening through your telephone; to listen in by telephone, call 1-213-416-1560 (regular long-distance charges will apply) and at the prompt enter your guest code 460 4735 followed by the # sign 
  • The presenters' slides and some addtional information will appear on your computer screen
  • You will be able to ask questions by using the "chat" function through your computer connection
  • If you have questions following the workshop, send them by email or call us with your question; we will post all questions and answers on our web site
Important Tips:

We've chosen as our  webinar/on-line workshop service because it looks like it is the easiest service for new users to connect to, but we strongly recommend you become familar with the system in advance of the first webinar you want to participate in.  Here are some important suggestions / tips:
  • visit to learn how the program works; to test your computer system's compatability at and click on the "System Test"
  • Join us for a "trial run" between 10 and 10:30 a.m. the day of each workshop; this will give you time to get to learn in advance of the webinar how the system works
  • Join the webinar at least five minutes in advance of the webinar's advertised start time; this will allow the workshop to start on time
Questions? Answers!

What is a webinar?
A webinar is an on-line meeting, presentation or workshop. There are many different versions of a "webinar" depending on the system being used, but the basics are that
information is presented through the internet, and is shown on the computer screen of all the webinar participants ("participants" are the people who have joined the webinar; "presenters" are those making the presentations) who have joined the webinar through an internet site. Depending on the particular intenet service, participants may be able to "chat" by sending text messages to each other or to the presenter, including questions to the presenter, and the presenters may be able to share their computer screens, show presentations slides, or "live stream" using the camera attached to their computer to appear on the participants computer screen.

Why are these workshops being done as webinars?

There are several reasons we decided to offer these workshops on-line but the two main reasons are that winter conditions make travel to in-person workshops difficult, and the number of communities being studied as potential burial sites for nuclear waste make it hard to provide local workshops in all of the communities on a regular basis. Meeting in person is great, but we are hoping that these on-line workshops will help keep in touch and continue sharing information, while reducing the amount of travel required of everyone, including workshop participants.

Where can I find out more about nuclear waste and the search for a burial site in Canada?
There are several web sites you can visit to learn more about nuclear waste in Canada. The web site Know Nuclear Waste has information about the Canadian nuclear industry's current search for a burial site for high level nuclear fuel waste. has background information about the problem of nuclear waste and past efforts to find a burial location in northern Ontario. The site has information about Ontario Power Generation's proposal to bury operating and refubishment wastes - both low and intermediate level - underneath the Bruce nuclear generating station. All of these sites have links to additional information sources and organizations. Or you can call us at Northwatch - tel 704 497 0373 or 877 553 0481.

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