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Four provinces to explore small nuclear reactor option

April 14, 2021   by Canadian Press




Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick will explore the feasibility of small modular nuclear reactors as a clean energy option.

The four premiers signed a memorandum of understanding related to exploring small-scale nuclear technology.

The Alberta government said in August that it would enter into the agreement to help diversify its energy sector.

All four provinces oppose the federally mandated carbon tax.

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Alberta says small modular reactors could supply non-emitting, low-cost energy for remote areas in the province as well as industries that need steam such as the oil sands.

It says the units are smaller than traditional nuclear reactors with lower upfront capital costs and enhanced safety features.

(Canadian Press)


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