The Hill Times and the NB Media Co-op published a commentary this week outlining some of the reasons why CRED-NB requested an impact assessment for NB Power’s SMR demonstration project. Federal Environment and Climate Change minister Steven Guilbeault rejected the request in December. You can read the NB Media Co-op article HERE, written by CRED-NB core member Susan O’Donnell (RAVEN project) and M.V. Ramana (University of British Columbia).
The photo with the article is Japan’s Monju demonstration reactor, one of many sodium-cooled reactors shut down because it didn’t work the way it was intended. That project, including cleaning up the radioactive waste it generated, cost upwards of $10 billion. The ARC-100 sodium-cooled reactor is one of two SMR projects planned for the Point Lepreau site on the Bay of Fundy.