Former Citizen’s Jury member and Whyalla local Stephanie Paul has criticised a recent petition signed by 43 South Australian leaders urging further investigation into nuclear power in South Australia.
The petition, created by non-government organisation Bright New World, pushed for the state government to look into what role a used-fuel and waste disposal industry could play in improving the social and economic fabric of the state.
Ms Paul says that while further investigation is fine, a nuclear reactor in South Australia could pose a serious risk to our energy industry.
“When I was on the Citizen’s Jury, on the very first day we heard from Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce,” she said.
“Before they put together a Royal Commission on nuclear waste they looked into building a nuclear reactor to power South Australia, but what they found is that it would produce too much energy – which would blow up our circuits.
“I understand further investigation into the issue, but I don’t understand how they could construct it so it wouldn’t damage our circuits – you can’t really shrink a nuclear reactor.”
Ms Paul says the state government should be focused on harnessing renewable energy as opposed to nuclear.
“We should be investigating into renewable energy as opposed to building a plant which is going to cost a lot of money and in the end we're still going to have an issue with waste storage,” she said.
“Much of the world has gone nuclear, but also many other parts of the world are wanting to move away from nuclear in order to go green, it just depends on which side of the world we want to join.”
A response has been sought from Bright New World.