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Nuclear Power Not An Option: Govt

The Government says atomic power is not an option for New Zealand.

The Institution of Professional Engineers wants to see the nuclear debate reopened, saying the country may be forced to consider its use to meet future energy demands.

Chief executive Dr Andrew Cleland in 20-30 years as fossil fuels are depleted, nuclear power generation close to Auckland may be the best way to produce down the track.

While Australia has set up an inquiry into nuclear power generation, Acting Energy Minister Trevor Mallard says there is no intention to do the same in New Zealand.

Mr Mallard says New Zealanders have widely rejected nuclear power, it is expensive and there are regulatory and safety questions.

And an energy analyst says there is no need for New Zealand to consider nuclear power generation when renewable energy sources are plentiful.

Molly Melhuish says talking about nuclear power is a distraction and it should not be an option for New Zealand.

She says the country needs to focus on developing more renewable energy options like wind and biomass, which turns waste into fuel.

The Institution of Professional Engineers wants to see the nuclear debate reopened, saying the country may be forced to consider its use to meet future energy demands.

Chief executive Dr Andrew Cleland in 20-30 years as fossil fuels are depleted, nuclear power generation close to Auckland may be the best way to produce down the track.

While Australia has set up an inquiry into nuclear power generation, Acting Energy Minister Trevor Mallard says there is no intention to do the same in New Zealand.

Mr Mallard says New Zealanders have widely rejected nuclear power, it is expensive and there are regulatory and safety questions.

And an energy analyst says there is no need for New Zealand to consider nuclear power generation when renewable energy sources are plentiful.

Molly Melhuish says talking about nuclear power is a distraction and it should not be an option for New Zealand.

She says the country needs to focus on developing more renewable energy options like wind and biomass, which turns waste into fuel.


Source: http://www.newswire.co.nz/m...

JUN 14 2006
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