The Canadian government is one step closer to burying tons of nuclear waste in the Canadian Shield.

A federal report released on Oct. 26 says nuclear waste can be safely stored up to a kilometre deep in the Canadian Shield. The waste would be buried in rock formations known as plutons, found in many areas of the Shield.

The report is based on 15 years of research done mostly in Manitoba by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., a federal agency. The report will be reviewed by the Federal Environmental Review Office. A federal panel will then decide whether to hold public hearings a year from now.

Canada has enough spent nuclear fuel to fill a hockey to a depth of six feet, says an article by Canadian Press. Presently, it is in underwater storage not meant to be permanent. What will they think of next?