World Nuclear Association makes submissions to South Australian Royal Commission
The World Nuclear Association has made two submissions to the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, one on the subject of nuclear power generation and the other on nuclear wastes.
Australian federal legislation currently prevents the construction of nuclear power plants and most fuel cycle facilities, but we are confident that a review of the evidence, as will now be carried out by the Commission, shall demonstrate that such policy simply has no place in a modern society which is concerned with achieving a truly sustainable energy future. In many ways Australia is already a nuclear nation. It is home to one of the most advanced nuclear research and medical facilities in the world and it is also one of the world’s largest suppliers of uranium. The country has a long and proud civil nuclear history and is well placed from a technical, regulatory, social and geological standpoint to start a nuclear energy program and to deal responsibly with any wastes.
About two-thirds of the world's population live in countries which are supplied by nuclear energy and which enjoy reliable, affordable, clean electricity as a result. It is time for Australians to join them. By championing the introduction of new nuclear technology in the country, South Australia would become a natural hub for nuclear expertise and investment. The Royal Commission presents the state with a remarkable opportunity, which we are keen to see realised.
The World Nuclear Association is the industry organisation that represents the global nuclear industry. Its mission is to promote a wider understanding of nuclear energy among key international influencers by producing authoritative information, developing common industry positions, and contributing to the energy debate, as well as to pave the way for expanding nuclear business.
David Hess: +44(0)20 7451 1543
Jonathan Cobb: +44(0)20 7451 1536
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