Energy & Power
Build 2 more nuclear reactors and refurbish 10 in Ontario, says CNA
By Anthony Capkun
September 12, 2013 – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) insists nuclear energy should continue to provide about 50% of Ontario’s electrical needs. “Nuclear’s Ontario-grown technology; its low and stable cost, its low environmental emissions and decades of proven performance make nuclear the right choice for Ontario,” said CNA president Heather Kleb.
“In addition to counting on the industry’s 18 nuclear reactors, the province should build two more and proceed with plans to refurbish 10 reactors, as the province set out in its 2010 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP). That plan was well-founded and should continue to be implemented,” added Kleb.
The provincial energy ministry is reviewing the LTEP, and receiving public submissions until September 16.
In its submission to the energy ministry, CNA pointed out the nuclear industry directly employs over 22,000 Ontarians in high-paying, long-term quality jobs. The association adds that, according to a study by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), the industry directly employs 30,000 Canadians and, through its suppliers, generates another 30,000 jobs.
The industry generates nearly $7 billion in economic activity, pays $1.5 billion in federal and provincial taxes, and exports $1.2 billion in goods and services.