Greenpeace co-founder applauds Canada's decision on long term management of used nuclear fuel



    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Greenpeace co-founder and former leader Dr.
Patrick Moore applauded the federal government's decision to support an
Adaptive Phased Management approach to the long-term storage of used nuclear
fuel.
    "This decision takes a sensible, phased approach to the long-term storage
of used nuclear fuel," said Moore.
    "The decision makes safety and security paramount, and will allow used
nuclear fuel to be stored over the long-term in deep, centralized underground
storage," said Moore. "The decision also provides for the option of temporary
shallow underground storage while the deeper storage is being built," said
Moore.
    "We must also keep in perspective how very little used fuel is produced
in a nuclear power plant relative to the massive amount of clean electricity
that's delivered to the grid," said Moore.
    "And contrary to the claims of some anti-nuclear energy activists, much
of that used nuclear fuel can be recycled - it's not waste," said Moore.
"Recycling this spent fuel, which still contains 90 per cent of its original
energy, will greatly reduce the need for treatment and disposal," he said.
    "The decision made by the government will allow for the retrieval of this
used fuel so that it can be recycled for new electricity generation," said
Moore.
    "Canada desperately needs more nuclear power because nuclear energy is
the only non-greenhouse gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace
fossil fuels and satisfy the country's growing demand for energy," said Moore.
    "It is completely unrealistic to argue, as some activists do, that we can
replace existing nuclear and coal-fired plants, which currently make up
70 per cent of Ontario's electricity production, with renewables and
conservation measures alone," said Moore.
    "Today's decision sends a clear signal that Canada supports clean, safe
and reliable nuclear energy technology and is developing plans for the secure
long-term storage of used fuel," said Moore.





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For further information: Dr. Patrick Moore, phone (604) 681-4122

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