Briefing

Three Canadian premiers band together to develop nuclear reactor technology

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The leaders of Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan committed to work together on the research, development and construction of nuclear reactor technology to create “clean and low-cost energy,” and “benefit energy-intensive industries, including the mining and manufacturing sectors.” (The Logic)

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Talking point: Per the memorandum of understanding signed Sunday, one of the collaboration’s goals is “to positively influence the federal government to provide a clear unambiguous statement that nuclear energy is a clean technology and is required as part of the climate change solution.” The federal government has described small modular reactors (SMR) as the “next wave of innovation” in nuclear energy, releasing an SMR roadmap last year, with several recommendations on regulation readiness and waste management. Only about a dozen Canadian companies are currently in pre-licensing review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for SMR technology, which the provincial leaders touted as an approximate $10-billion industry.