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Alberta open to possibility of nuclear power plants

Alberta’s energy minister says the province is open for business for nuclear power plants.

Alberta’s energy minister says the province is open for business for nuclear power plants.

Mel Knight said the government will look at proposed nuclear power plants on a case-by-case basis, but it will not help fund them or promise to buy the energy.

Knight’s announcement capped a lengthy consultation and review of whether Alberta should go nuclear or ban it, as some other provinces have done.

He has also released a phone survey that indicates Albertans have concerns over the safety and health risks of nuclear power, but two-thirds of those questioned felt it’s worthwhile to at least look at proposals.

Bruce Power of Ontario has been looking at building a nuclear plant near Peace River in northwestern Alberta, but has not made a formal application to federal regulators.

Spokesman Steve Cannon said Bruce Power will seriously consider making a formal proposal for a site licence now that it knows the province is open to the idea.

 
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