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Malaysian MPs not impressed by nuclear hype

“The experience in Europe actually shows that there’s a major [cost] overrun. For example, they say it’s €2 billion [but] by the time it’s all done, €4 billion total,”

The talk, featured nuclear industry speakers from Korea, France and the US……

Government nuclear pitch fails to impress PR MPs « Charles Santiago The Malaysian Insider By Yow Hong Chieh July 01, 2010 KUALA LUMPUR,   — A government-organised talk on the nuclear industry last night failed to convince Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs that nuclear power is the energy source most suited to meet Malaysia’s increasing energy demands. Batu MP Chua Tian Chang was not convinced by the talk, which focused more on the technical issues of running a nuclear power plant……

“Aside from technology, we have to remember that there are other things to consider,” he said.

He said a strict and transparent regulatory system was needed to guarantee the safety of nuclear power.

……“We’re forced to rely on external imports. Will this have long-term implications for our diplomatic relations? Will this make our country more dependent on certain countries?” he asked….
“The experience in Europe actually shows that there’s a major [cost] overrun. For example, they say it’s €2 billion [but] by the time it’s all done, €4 billion total,” he said.

The dinner talk, organised by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, featured nuclear industry speakers from Korea, France and the US……

Environmentalists and alternative energy producers have criticised the approval for the nuclear plant, saying it was rushed through without adequate public consultation given the risks of radioactivity.

Government nuclear pitch fails to impress PR MPs « Charles Santiago

July 2, 2010 - Posted by | ASIA, spinbuster | , , ,

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