Miners push for nuclear option

January 22, 2019

The Conservative Party's proposal to consider nuclear energy as an option to push down power prices has been backed by the mining sector which is calling for a high-level review to end the ban on the federal government even considering the prohibited energy source.

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The Minerals Council of Australia has seized on the upcoming review of environmental protection laws under which nuclear power is banned.

Chief executive Tania Constable said removing the four words — “a nuclear power plant” — in one section of the law would allow the industry to be considered for development.

Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price said while the extent of the review had not yet been determined it must examine the full operation of the laws.

“The review will involve extensive consultation and will consider all ideas put forward by industry, environment and community groups to improve and strengthen national environmental law,” she said.

Ms Price said under law the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act had to begin by October.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told radio station 2GB, the opportunity exists for Australia to become a world energy superpower if it allows nuclear power generation here.

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