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Australia’s uranium marketing frenzy continues

Australia pushes nuclear exports, Al Jazeera, 6 May 2011

Nuclear power ‘not so bad’, says Woodside chief, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 may 2011  THE outgoing chief executive of the energy giant Woodside, Don Voelte, has backed the call by the chairman of Rio Tinto for Australia to embrace nuclear power.

They have not publicly lodged further submissions to the State Energy Initiative directions paper, due today.   –    WA’s chief industry groups lobby for a nuclear future,  –  WA Today, Courtney TrenwithMay 6, 2011 – Western Australia’s two chief business lobby groups support calls for nuclear energy in the state….…Their declarations are contained in submissions to the government’s Strategic Energy Initiative, a working paper initiated last year on how it will meet growing energy needs over the next 20 years…….A large proportion of the country’s uranium deposits are found in WA, which has been mooted as a viable global nuclear waste dump due to its vast isolated areas of desert…..
In the Strategic Energy Initiative issues paper, the government foreshadows ruling out nuclear energy before 2031. But both industry lobby groups have insisted it must be considered……
In submissions to the issues paper last year, the groups call on the government to immediately review regulatory constraints on the nuclear industry and assume that a nuclear power station would be approved for construction within a decade.

They suggest small nuclear plants would be suitable in WA’s regional communities, as well as to service mining projects. The Chamber of Commerce specifically highlights the Pilbarra as an appropriate area to locate a nuclear plant.

“Nuclear energy must be given due consideration given the current economics of nuclear plants, whereas many renewable energies remain commercially unproven,” the Chamber’s submission says.

“Failure to consider the appropriate regulatory and legislative regime may result in further delays in the development of nuclear power stations.”

The lobby groups claim nuclear power is growing in significance……

“In the US, where 20 per cent of generation is attributed to nuclear power, a significant expansion in nuclear energy will take place over the next decade that will include small generators that could be suitable to Western Australia,” its submission says.

The lobby groups together represent about 6000 WA organisations in sectors including manufacturing, resources, agriculture, transport, communications, retailing, hospitality, building and construction, community services, and finance, and said their submissions reflected the majority views of their members.

They have not publicly lodged further submissions to the State Energy Initiative directions paper, due today.

Greens WA Senator Scott Ludlam attacked the nuclear support as “unrealistic and outdated”………Submissions on the Strategic Energy Initiative directions paper close today. No date for a draft plan has yet been released….

WA’s chief industry groups lobby for a nuclear future

May 7, 2011 - Posted by | marketing for nuclear, Western Australia

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