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Kevin Scarce off to S Korea, later will conduct public hearings

Nuclear royal commissioner Kevin Scarce about to start public hearings, The Advertiser August 29, 2015  PAUL STARICK CHIEF REPORTER  Sunday Mail (SA) DISTINGUISHED economist Ross Garnaut will be among the first expert witnesses at the nuclear Scarce blahroyal commission’s public sessions, as the inquiry reaches the business end.

From September 9, Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce will question experts on topics such as long-term demand for electricity, along with the cost benefits and safety risks of expanding nuclear activity in South Australia.

Determining electricity demand for up to 40 years will effectively produce detailed predictions of the state’s economic future, aided by Professor Garnaut, because this will be required to determine predicted energy supplies.

The electricity market study will consider whether nuclear power will be economically viable and where it fits in the mix of renewable energy, gas and coal……..

……..would conduct 30 to 40 public sessions — two to three per day of about 90 minutes each — aided by counsel assisting, Chad Jacobi.

The topics and his questions will be guided by more than 250 public submissions sent to the Australia guinea piginquiry………..

Mr Scarce, a former SA governor, left yesterday for what is expected to be the commission’s final overseas study tour, visiting South Korean nuclear power plants and speaking to the country’s nuclear regulator…….

……….we need to learn what’s worked well overseas and how that process can be managed.” [ note: S Korea is in  a chaotic dilemma about its nuclear wastes]

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Mr Scarce has repeatedly faced criticism that the royal commission is an expensive and time-consuming bid to mask state and federal governments’ desire to again impose a nuclear dump on SA.

The State Budget has set aside $1.83 million for the royal commission this financial year……….

Three leading environment groups — Conservation SA, the Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth — this month said the axing of hundreds of jobs from the Olympic Dam ­uranium mine raised huge questions about the nuclear industry’s growth potential.

“SA’s future lies in renewable energy, not nuclear. It’s cheaper, safer and quicker to roll out,” Conservation SA chief Craig Wilkins said.

“With renewables, we can be in charge of our own destiny, not dependent on decisions made in corporate boardrooms on the other side of the world.”

Mr Scarce expects to release tentative findings, including detailed recommen­dations, in a report in February. After five weeks of public consultation, the final report is due by May 6. Policy decisions about whether to adopt any recommendations, should they call for a nuclear dump or other changes, will be taken by the State Government.

August 30, 2015 - Posted by | NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION 2016

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