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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