The hair-raising warning from Australia in Chernobyl: real risk of & # 39; catastrophic failure & # 39; if the country takes over nuclear energy
There is a real risk of & # 39; catastrophic failure & # 39; if Australia takes over nuclear energy, a federal parliamentary inquiry has been heard.
Ziggy Switkowski – who led Howard's government evaluation of the power source – drew attention to the Chernobyl, Fukushima and Three Mile Island nuclear disasters.
"After those events, the possibility of catastrophic failure within the nuclear system is not negligible," he told the Sydney committee on Thursday.
Ziggy Switkowski – who led Howard's government assessment of the power source – drew attention to the Chernobyl nuclear disasters (photo), Fukushima and Three Mile Island
Dr. Switkowski – who leads NBN Co – presented a list of advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy to committee members.
Among the positives were that nuclear is efficient and weather resistant with low greenhouse gas emissions, which Dr. ir. Switkowski compared to wind and solar energy.
He said the window for & # 39; large nuclear generation & # 39; was closed to Australia, with the emerging technology of small modular reactors the viable option on the table.
Small modular reactors are produced in the factory and installed on site.
In his list of nuclear negatives, Dr. Switkowski that nuclear did not become cheaper with increased production, in contrast to wind and solar energy.
Nuclear projects are also so long-running that they cover at least five political cycles, he added.
There is a real risk of & # 39; catastrophic failure & # 39; if Australia takes over nuclear energy, a federal parliamentary inquiry has been heard. A nuclear power plant is seen in Belarus
Federal Labor does not support a reversal of the current moratorium against nuclear energy.
The chairman of the liberal committee Ted O & # 39; Brien says that the research must answer three main questions, starting with the question of whether nuclear & # 39; feasible, suitable and tasty & # 39; is.
& # 39; To be feasible, it should accumulate on economic, technological, and capital bases, & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; To be suitable, it should be logical for environmental, safety and security reasons. And to be tasty, there should be hunger among the Australian people. & # 39;
The committee also heard from various government agencies on Thursday, including the Australian energy market operator and the Australian energy regulator.
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