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Politicians hear arguments for nuclear energy in Ireland via The Irish Times

Lobby group BENE makes presentation to Oireachtas committee

Ireland should consider using nuclear power to generate electricity before Moneypoint power station reaches capacity in 2025, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Nuclear energy would be a clean, safe, and cost effective means of generating electricity, representatives from Better Environment with Nuclear Energy (BENE) told members of the Transport and Communications Committee this afternoon.

BENE’s Denis Duff said Ireland needed to start looking for alternatives to Moneypoint power station, which is capable of generating about 25 per cent of the country’s consumer electricity demand .

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The members of the committee welcomed the discussion on nuclear energy but questioned whether there was a public appetite for it. Pointing to concerns over disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl, Michael Moynihan (FF) said, “I just don’t think that the Irish people would be in a position to consider it”.

Ann Phelan (Lab) also said the public would have difficulty buying the proposal, especially when there is such vociferous local opposition to things like electricity pylons. She also asked about the issue of nuclear waste.

BENE’s Frank Turner answered that “the waste which arises is very small in volume and mass and it would be exported to the supplier of the fuel we would not have to deal with it in this country”.

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  1. yukimiyamotodepaul says

    Better Environment with Nuclear Energy (BENE) says “the waste which arises is very small in volume and mass and it would be exported to the supplier of the fuel we would not have to deal with it in this country”!! It obviously shows that BENE actually cares very little for environment.



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