Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia
The submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy’s Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy generation (including small modular reactor technologies) in Australia was prepared by the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group (AEPLG) of the Law Council’s Legal Practice Section.
The AEPLG’s primary objectives are:
- to be a national focus group for environmental and planning law; to represent members of the profession working in the areas of environmental and planning law;
- to advise the Law Council on issues of environmental and planning law;
- and to advocate for the implementation of ‘best practice’ in environmental and planning law by the federal and state governments.
The AEPLG notes that there have been two comprehensive examinations of the possibilities, opportunities, risks and challenges from the nuclear cycle in Australia:
- Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy — Opportunities for Australia? – A report to the Prime Minister by the Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy Review Taskforce in 2006 (2006 Taskforce Report); and
- Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report – A report prepared by Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd) for the South Australian Government in May 2016 (2016 Royal Commission Report).
You can read the full submission below.