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Greenpeace Co-Founder & Former Leader Applauds Long-term Federal Plan on Nuclear Facilities: Calls it ‘Good Investment in Our Energy Future’
June 2, 2006 Vancouver, BC - Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore, Chair and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., expressed his strong support today for the Government of Canada’s newly announced long-term strategy for managing retired nuclear facilities at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL)-managed sites in Canada.
“It strikes me that this is a very responsible move on the parts of both the federal government and AECL – it indicates a real understanding of proper stewardship, environmental commitment and of openness and transparency,” Moore said.
“At a time when nuclear energy and specifically CANDU technology are coming to be seen more and more as an important source of clean, safe and reliable electricity, the decommissioning and waste management strategy announced today will serve to bolster the public’s confidence in this important technology,” Moore said.
“This is a prudent investment in our energy future – prudent for both economic and environmental reasons. Through employing best practices in site decommissioning and waste management, nuclear energy can maintain its important position as the only non-greenhouse-gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace fossil fuels while satisfying our increasing demand for energy,” Moore said.
Moore, whose organization advises the nuclear energy sector on sustainability, was responding to an announcement earlier today by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. The Minister announced that $520 million would be put toward decommissioning and waste management over the next five years.
Decommissioning involves safely dismantling the facility and removing all radioactive material and contamination for long-term storage or permanent disposal. Some of these materials date back to the 1940s, and include waste received from governments, universities, medical facilities and industries Canada-wide.
In 1971, Moore joined the first Greenpeace campaign, sailing on the Phyllis Cormack to protest US hydrogen bomb testing in Alaska in 1971. He was in the top committee of Greenpeace for 15 years, serving as one of five directors of Greenpeace International from 1979 – 1986 at which time he left the organization.
Greenspirit Strategies Ltd is a Vancouver-based sustainability consulting firm with activities around the globe on topics including energy, forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture, plastics and mining.
For further information contact:
Dr. Patrick Moore: 778-995-4122 (cell)
Jeremy Twigg: 604-681-4122