A nuclear start-up company in New Brunswick is undermining Canada’s global non-proliferation policy

Temporary concrete storage silos containing deadly radioactive waste at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.

Welcome to the Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick (CRED-NB). We are fighting for a nuclear-free renewable energy future in our province.

Our existing Point Lepreau nuclear station on the Bay of Fundy is due to close in 2040. Let’s prepare now by investing in REAL clean energy that can take over after the shut-down.

We’re concerned that a nuclear start-up company is undermining Canada’s global non-proliferation policy. In March 2021, the federal government gave more than 50 million dollars to a company, Moltex Energy, for a project to extract plutonium from used nuclear fuel, here, at the Point Lepreau site on the Bay of Fundy.

They want to do this to make new fuel for their proposed new nuclear reactor, by melting down the solid used fuel bundles and extracting less than one percent that can be used as fuel. The remainder will be multiple toxic liquid waste streams that experts are very concerned about because there are no known ways or plans for storing these new liquid wastes. See the chart from Moltex HERE.

In May 2021, nine US experts in non-proliferation wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Moltex grant. They are concerned that other countries could point to Canada’s support of the Moltex program to help justify their own plutonium acquisition programs.

Extracting plutonium from used nuclear fuel is done in countries with nuclear weapons programs. Why is Canada joining this group of militarized countries? Where is the parliamentary debate about this new policy?

The Moltex business plan is to export this technology around the world. This could undo years of efforts to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of countries that might want to join the ranks of nuclear “renegade” countries.

CRED-NB is working to raise awareness of this and other issues related to an expanded nuclear program in New Brunswick. We’ve organized webinars, we’ve written articles, letters, we’ve spoken to journalists and had meetings with politicians at the national and provincial level.

We invite you to visit our website – crednb.ca – and search for information to inform yourselves and please share what you learn.

Thank you!

For more information, check out:

Who’s minding the nuclear file? Oversight needed for New Brunswick’s risky plutonium plan, by Susan O’Donnell and Gordon Edwards

Gordon Edwards Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (March 13, 2020) (YouTube video)

Small Modular Reactors: Fact or Fiction?

Wolastoq Grand Council Resolution on nuclear energy and nuclear waste on traditional Wolastoq territory