Nuclear power doesn’t belong in the Pilbara: WA Greens

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Greens (WA) spokesperson for Nuclear Issues, Robin Chapple MLC has labelled a nuclear reactor proposal in the Pilbara as inappropriate and ill-conceived.

The comments follow recent news that Sydney-based consultancy SMR Nuclear Technology were seeking volunteer communities to take on a nuclear reactor, with Port Hedland identified as a potential site.

“Nuclear power is not a safe, clean nor practical solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially with ever burgeoning renewable alternatives,” Mr Chapple said.

“The economics of nuclear power simply do not stack up; reactor construction costs are escalating whilst renewable energy is becoming cheaper and more competitive.

“Port Hedland, and the whole of Australia for that matter, should be focusing on wind, solar and hydro which is much safer and more efficient than nuclear power.

“When you combine this with the highly volatile nature of Port Hedland’s cyclone season it is clear that the Pilbara is an ill-conceived choice for any potential nuclear power plant.

“There are reasons why both State and Commonwealth laws prohibiting both storage and transport of nuclear waste exist.

“”Nuclear power is an outdated industry and has no place in WA.”

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