Opposition fires up over nuclear power station chatter

NSW Labor is challenging the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government to detail any plans for nuclear power on the North Coast.

This follows musing by Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader, John Barilaro, that nuclear reactors could be operating in NSW within 10 years.

Mr Barilaro said on social media: “We could have them (small nuclear reactors) operating here in a decade – which is not long for the energy industry...”

Opposition Energy spokesman Adam Searle said it was the second time this year Mr Barilaro had raised the possibility of nuclear energy for the State.

In May, Mr Barilaro said he was “prepared to talk about nuclear as an option”.

One pro-nuclear power group, Nuclear for Climate Australia, has identified 12 regions of NSW as possible sites for nuclear reactors – including on the North Coast.

“A pro-nuclear power group is on the record suggesting reactors should be on the North Coast – does Mr Barilaro agree?” Mr Searle said.

“He should be clear with the public on where he thinks the nuclear reactors should be.  

“Our farmers’ clean and green reputation is known throughout the world but a nuclear industry in these areas would end all that.”