This submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has been prepared by Clive Pearson B.Sc. (Special Physics) Lond., C.Eng., of 26 Davey Street, Elizabeth Park, South Australia 5113. (Click on link for my C.V. )
Since I am 80 years of age and infirm, I am unable to appear personally before the Commission. I therefore seek leave to make my submission in electronic form. If required, I can attend by video conference through Skype, for which my user name is clive.pearson77
As an introduction, I have presented an Overview of the nuclear industry. The remainder of this page deals with individual aspects of the submission.
1. IS THERE AN ADEQUATE MARKET FOR THIS INDUSTRY?
I submit that there is an adequate long-term demand to support a nuclear industry in South Australia, as shown in the page entitled The Market
2. IS A NUCLEAR INDUSTRY SAFE?
The current industry standards for the processing of materials, for the manufacture of reactors, and for transhipment, ensure a higher level of safety than has been achieved in any other extractive or power generating industry. This is discussed in the page entitled Safety
3. CAN WE SAFELY DISPOSE OF NUCLEAR WASTE?
If we primarily use the Argonne Laboratory's proven I.F.R. reactor design, as subsequently developed, then we will CONSUME nuclear waste, without adversely affecting the environment, as is detailed on the page entitled Waste
4. IS A NUCLEAR INDUSTRY ECONOMICALLY VIABLE?
When assessed on whole-of-life total cost, a nuclear reactor is significantly less expensive than any other base-load power generator of similar capacity. This is discussed on the page entitled Costs
5. WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA?
South Australia is uniquely located and equipped to develop a nuclear energy industry, as is suggested on the page entitled Role
6. IS THERE SYNERGY WITH OTHER MARKETS?
The technology and facilities which will be developed in support of a nuclear industry will be of importance in entering other emerging markets, as discussed on the page entitled Synergy