With southeast Saskatchewan announced as the preferred area for the site of a small modular reactor, SaskPower is going to be looking for more consultation with the public in the area. While the selection process has been underway for a couple of years, they are still a bit away from the final site selection.  

SaskPower will be holding a number of events, including two today, to help provide more information to residents of the area about nuclear power, small modular reactors, and more. They will also be looking to answer questions about why the southeast was chosen, what the job opportunities are with a small modular reactor and more.  

“One runs over the lunch hour, and then one is just after supper, at 6:30 p.m.,” said Scott McGregor, a spokesperson for SaskPower. “It’ll be held with our project teams. They can answer questions, share updates, and really just kind of share how we got to where we are, and what our next steps are.” 

There will also be some in-person events held later this month in a number of communities in the region. They will be in Oxbow and Estevan on June 25th, Estevan, Torquay and Macoun on June 26th, and there will be events in Midale and Weyburn on June 27th. 

“We’re also setting up a pair of site offices – one in the village of Macoun, one in the Shoppers Mall in Estevan,” McGregor added. “Those are the two communities that are closest to the potential sites and so we wanted to make sure that we have a place that people can go and stop in, and have a chat and have some questions answered.” 

The entire process of bringing small modular reactors to Saskatchewan is a long one. With site selection expected next year at some point, there is still the final decision to be made if small modular reactors will be built. Then the construction process will have to start, along with the training of the workforce for the project, and more. McGregor noted SaskPower wants to keep the public engaged throughout the entire process.  

“These sorts of engagement events are going to be happening throughout the entire life of the SMR project, now until 2029 when the decision is made, and if we do decide to proceed, until the ultimate decommissioning of whatever plant is built,” McGregor stated. “It’s an ongoing thing that we’re certainly committed to.” 

Those who want to learn more about the events, or register for the online webinars, can do so on the SaskPower website.  

-With files from Scott Boulton/discoverestevan.com