SOUTH AUSTRALIAN INQUIRY INTO NUCLEAR ENERGY WELCOMED

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN INQUIRY INTO NUCLEAR ENERGY WELCOMED

Statement by Dan Zavattiero, Executive Director – Uranium, Minerals Council of Australia

The South Australian Government’s decision to hold a royal commission into South Australia’s nuclear industry potential should be widely applauded.

Premier Jay Weatherill’s bold policy announcement reflects the contribution that nuclear energy could play in Australia in providing safe, low emissions, base load energy. 

It is clear nuclear power will play a critical role in sustainably producing electricity in the world in the 21st century.  This is clear in forecasts by the International Energy Agency and in repeated calls by the IPCC for the world to triple or quadruple all low emissions energy sources including nuclear power.

Australia’s uranium industry is well established, highly regulated and second only to black coal in terms of Australia’s primary energy production.  It operates safely and responsibly and forms an outstanding basis on which to explore further potential in the nuclear fuel cycle.

South Australia hosts 80 per cent of Australia’s uranium resources and last financial year produced 4,399 tonnes of uranium for export.

We welcome the Premier Weatherill’s announcement and look forward to contributing to this important conversation.

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