Australia’s pro nuclear bandwagon revs up

Business groups want Government to ‘get out of the way’ of nuclear power ABC NewsBy political reporter Nick Pedley 4 Dec 2014,

A prominent business group is urging the Federal Government to “get out of the way” of nuclear power becoming a reality in Australia.The call comes after the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister reignited the debate about nuclear power in Australia. The peak business group in South Australia, Business SA, is pushing for a debate to be held on the merits of building a nuclear power reactor in the state.

The organisation’s chief executive, Nigel McBride, has welcomed the comments from senior figures within the Federal Government.

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“I do welcome what is, to me, a very important sign from the Prime Minister that this Government is not closed to what could be a significant game-changer in our fight for affordable energy,” he said.

At the moment legislation bans nuclear power from becoming a reality.

Mr McBride’s view of the legislative ban is blunt.

“What we need from Government is we need governments to get out of the way,” he said.

Business SA is pushing for a debate about building a $3 billion micro reactor known as a Prism power plant designed by General Electric and Hitachi.

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The plant converts used nuclear fuel rods and surplus plutonium into energy.

Mr McBride argued the proposal would pay its own way after five years.

He said the technology was safe and innovative and would also see nuclear nations pay Australia to take their spent fuel rods.

Tony Abbott welcomes nuclear energy ideas……….

Mr McBride has reassured the Prime Minister there would not be a push for government assistance.

“We’re not asking for subsidies,” he said.

“We’re asking for the Government to allow this to proceed.”

Engineers call for ‘simple legislation change’

The body that represents the nation’s engineers, Engineers Australia, has joined the call for Government to remove the legislative barriers to nuclear power.

Tony Irwin from Engineers Australia said the Prime Minister’s comments showed nuclear power was “seriously being considered”.

He also called for “simple legislation change”.

Mr Irwin said there were already regulators in place who could monitor the industry.

“We need a process to see how we’re going to change the legislation,” he said.

Mr Irwin is also the technical director of a company called SMR Nuclear Technology…………

He said it might be difficult to win support for the micro reactor because it was new technology and there was not enough regulatory approval in other nations for the Prism plant.

The Opposition’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, earlier this week dismissed nuclear power as an alternative.

“I don’t think it’s a viable option for Australia,” Ms Plibersek said.

“We know that it’s expensive.

“It takes a long time to get nuclear energy underway and in fact countries that have been relying on nuclear energy like Japan and Germany are actually retreating from the use of it.”

Senior Labor frontbencher Jenny Macklin said it was unnecessary for more nuclear energy in Australia.

She also wanted to know where the power stations would be located.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-05/governments-urged-to-embrace-nuclear-power/5945072

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