Was the siting criteria weighted?
No. No single criteria influenced the rankings more than another. The 502 candidate sites had to satisfy Screen 1 criteria – that is, they had to meet certain environmental and technical criteria to be further evaluated as viable to host the facilities (this included site size and groundwater conditions). In the second step, a series of Screen 2 criteria was used to evaluate which sites offered the most favourable conditions, with these sites becoming the short-listed sites. Finally, each short-listed site was evaluated thoroughly and the net effects of constructing the facilities at each location determined. The short-listed sites were then compared against each other, with the preferred site offering the most advantages.