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Chamber supports calls for ongoing nuclear fuel cycle debate

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) has welcomed the call from 22 prominent South Australians to continue discussions on the State’s potential to store spent nuclear materials.

Deeper debate and broader inquiry into the findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission is required, to determine the significance of this opportunity to boost the State’s economy.

SACOME CEO, Rebecca Knol, said “Major projects requiring long lead times and intensive study, from concept through to development and operation, are common for mineral, petroleum and infrastructure developments.”

“The Royal Commission has progressed this concept to scoping study level. Deciding not to proceed at this point would be akin to cancelling a project before fully evaluating the resource. This is not the approach that has enabled South Australia’s biggest economic and employment contributors, such as Olympic Dam to come to fruition.

SACOME calls on all stakeholders to listen to South Australia’s business and research leaders, scientists and industry bodies and to continue the important nuclear fuel cycle discussion rather than declaring a moratorium on a sound process running its course.

“This state needs a robust and independent economy. Our communities are owed an open and thorough investigation into this significant opportunity.” Ms Knol said.

Media contact:
Rebecca Knol CEO SACOME: 0409 012 007

General media enquiries: Megan Andrews, SACOME: 08 8202 9999 / 0448 848 586