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Lift nuclear ban, MCA tells Australian government

Nuclear Policies

15 January 2018

The Minerals Council of Australia has repeated its call for the Australian government to lift a ban on the development of nuclear power. Australia must reform its taxation, industrial relations, environmental and energy policies to shield the nation from future economic downturn and deliver stronger economic growth, the council said in its pre-Budget submission to the federal government.

Australia becomes active member of GIF

New Nuclear

18 September 2017

Adi_Paterson_GIF_180917-(Ansto)-48Australia has formally acceded to the Framework Agreement of the Generation IV International Forum, an international task force set up to develop and design the next generation of nuclear energy systems. Accession allows Australia, which has no nuclear power program of its own, to become actively engaged in R&D projects related to Generation IV systems.

Funding boost for Australian Synchrotron

Corporate

31 August 2017

Australian Synchrotron exterior - 48The number of beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron will be increased from ten to as many as 18, boosting research output at the facility. The expansion has been made possible by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation securing AUD80.2 million ($63 million) in new funding.

Australian SMR feasible by 2030

Nuclear Policies

29 November 2017

A small modular reactor could be in operation in Australia by 2030, according to Sydney-based SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd. The country would be imprudent not to factor SMRs into its energy security plan, the company has told the body established by the Council of Australian Governments to implement energy security reforms.

Australian organisation calls for end to nuclear ban

Nuclear Policies

01 September 2017

Opal_building_(Ansto)-48The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the Australian government to reverse legislation that effectively bans the country from developing a nuclear energy industry. The MCA, which represents the country's exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, has also called for uranium projects to be removed from the definition of "nuclear action" under federal environmental law.

Four uranium projects excluded from Western Australia ban

Uranium and Fuel

21 June 2017

Mulga Rock project - 48The Western Australian government has imposed a ban on future uranium mining leases, but says it will not stand in the way of four uranium projects approved by the state's previous government.