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Cameco President Says Sask "Not Quite Ready" For Nuclear Plant

Cameco President Says Sask Not Quite Ready For Nuclear Plant

By Brynn Harris
Updated May 16, 2008 - 6:13am

The President of a prominent Saskatchewan uranium mining company does not think the province is ready for a nuclear power plant.

Recently, a leaked SaskPower report named Lake Diefenbaker as an ideal spot for one.

Cameco President and CEO, Jerry Grandey, says Saskatchewan does not have enough people to support the electrical output of a nuclear power plant.

"Saskatchewan with a million people is just a little bit small, because one reactor can service about one million people. Generally you want to have two, because you have to shut down one to reload the fuel and to do maintenance, and if you don't have the second one, then you're going to be without lights for awhile, and that's not a desirable thing," Grandey said.

Grandey says when coal power plants shut down, and a nuclear plant is needed, a partnership with another jurisdiction, like Alberta, or the United States, would be the best scenario.


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