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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] $100-million a year in public funding for CANDU questioned
Well, look at it this way. According to the Energy Probe Research
Foundation 2000 Annual report financial summary
(http://www.e-p-r-f.org/eprf/documents/eprf2000_financial.pdf), the work
the EPRF does costs about $1.5 million per year. Is employing 3500 of
Canada's best and brightest engineers and scientists, designing the
safest reactor system in the world, providing power economically and
environmentally to 7 countries around the world, worth 100/1.5 ~ 67
times the effort put toward convincing the public that really, we need
automatic rocket systems placed there to protect them from airlines
crashing from the sky into 4 feet thick reinforced concrete structures?
You know, if countries looking to purchase nuclear plants didn't buy
CANDU's, they might all buy RBMK's. We definitely don't want that :)
P.s. you know what's a little funny - in the EPRF financial statement,
page 4, under expenses, 'research' is listed on the same line as
'materials', and 'postage' :) Does AECL's research budget include all
their postage costs???
[mailto:email@example.com.McMaster.CA] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 2:33 PM
To: CNS listserv
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] $100-million a year in public funding for CANDU
National Post January 16/2002
$100-million a year in public funding for CANDU questioned by
Nuclear reactor program under review
OTTAWA . Herb Dhaliwal, the federal Minister of
said yesterday a review is underway to determine
taxpayers should keep subsidizing the CANDU
reactor sales program to
the tune of $100-million a year. Mr. Dhaliwal,
only hours after taking
over the portfolio, said a report will soon be
presented to Cabinet to
determine whether there are sufficient prospects
for future sales of the
Canada has been a world leader in developing the
reactor, he said, but Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
(AECL) has not
made a sale since two reactors were purchased by
China in 1996. So a
long-term review of the program will determine
whether there is reason
to terminate taxpayer subsidies, Mr. Dhaliwal, who
Goodale in the portfolio, said in an interview.
"That's one of the options
we need to look at. "That's what the review's all
about - to say, 'What is
the future of our CANDU reactor and atomic
energy?' Because if we're
not making any sales and there's no potential,
should we continue to
invest in those areas or not?"
There are CANDU reactors in operation in Ontario,
Quebec and New
Brunswick, and overseas sales have been made to
countries such as
China and South Korea. AECL, a 40-year-old Crown
employs 3,500 in Canada and around the world,
calls itself the third-
largest global supplier of nuclear energy systems.
The company has
received taxpayer subsidies totalling at least
$5-billion over its lifespan.
Officials at AECL refused to comment.
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