Should Nova Scotia’s uranium ban be lifted? – by Josh Healey (Halifax Chronicle-Herald News – July 17, 2018)

For the second time in as many weeks, New Brunswick’s Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet spread the news: his province welcomes nuclear energy.

“Your government sees energy as a way to grow the economy,” said Doucet of the province’s $10 million dollar investment into a nuclear research cluster.

Companies are taking notice of New Brunswick’s open energy stance as it looks to add to the only nuclear reactor in Atlantic Canada at Point Lepreau. Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC), an American-based company, recently announced a partnership with the province and an investment of $5 million into research and operations in New Brunswick. They are bringing jobs and industry to the struggling city of Saint John.

New Brunswick is trying to grow the energy resources available to them, with policies allowing for nuclear facilities, and uranium exploration and mining.

Yet Nova Scotia — which has uranium deposits — doesn’t allow exploration or mining. And according Bruce Nunn, media relations officer with Natural Resources and Environment, Nova Scotia’s government is not discussing nor contemplating changes to its current uranium ban policy.

A call to action

Nova Scotia is at a crossroads: the Ivany report — like other government temperature-takings going back to 1991 — urges Nova Scotians to take economic action and says that the status quo is not acceptable.

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