"The immediate barriers to participation in the advanced #nuclear energy industry in Victoria are legislative, and arbitrary. They include:
1] Clauses in the EPBC Act and the ARPANS Act, both at the federal level. 1/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdf @TerrestrialMSR
As they currently exist, these clauses would disallow the relevant minister from approving any nuclear power plant project – even if exactly the same power plant were affordably constructed in almost any other country 2/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdf
and operated securely and economically to successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
2] The Nuclear Activities (Prohibition) Act 1983, specifically Clause 8(d) which prohibits a person from constructing or operating a nuclear power plant. 3/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdf
It should be firmly noted that Section 3 Objects of Act states, in part:
“The objects of this Act are to protect the health, welfare and safety of the people of Victoria and to limit deterioration of the environment in which they dwell”. 4/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdf
Since 1983, Victoria has generated in excess of one billion megawatt hours of electricity from the combustion of brown coal. While successful in the delivery of reliable and affordable power, this process requires strip mining, 5/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdfextensive
air pollution, and among the most globally greenhouse gas intensive supply of power. In contrast, between 1971 to 2009 conventional nuclear energy likely prevented an average of 1.8 million deaths worldwide, 6/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdf
and the release of an average of 64 billion tCO2-e. The objects of the act arguably have not been achieved." 7/7 https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/SCEP/Inquiry_into_Nuclear_Prohibition_Inquiry_/Submissions/S76_-_Terrestrial_Energy_Inc._Redacted.pdf
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