August 13, 2007

THE CLUB:

US-backed nuke club 'appealing': A US-backed proposal to set up a nuclear energy club, potentially including Australia, holds "considerable appeal", a government advocate of nuclear power has said. (Siobhain Ryan | August 14, 2007, The Australian)

Ziggy Switkowski, chairman of the Australian National Science and Technology Organisation, said the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership was a "conceptually appealing" framework for safely expanding the industry internationally.

The plan, supported by the US for economic and security reasons, is expected to encourage a select number of friendly nations supplying nuclear fuel to reactors overseas to take back and store the waste generated by their customers.

It is likely to be discussed at an annual nuclear energy forum next month, where Australia will be an observer. "As more countries go nuclear ... they will find it very appealing to be able to source enriched uranium and fuel rods from a supplier which will also be responsible for the management and storage of spent fuel," Dr Switkowski said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2007 12:00 PM
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