Melinda Pavey says public perception of nuclear energy is changing

Traditional nuclear power plant - new modular reactors are much smaller
Traditional nuclear power plant - new modular reactors are much smaller

Melinda Pavey says she would "love to see regional communities engaged in the discussion of all the opportunities zero emission nuclear energy can offer".

The Member for Oxley's comments are in the context of the Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry into the mining of uranium in NSW and nuclear energy, led by Liberal MP Taylor Martin, which has recommended the law prohibiting uranium mining and nuclear facilities should be repealed.

The inquiry was established as a result of a bill put forward by One Nation MP Mark Latham.

While it is only the start of a fresh conversation about nuclear energy, Mrs Pavey said the public perception of zero emission nuclear energy was changing.

"Small modular reactors (SMRs)* are new technology and should be discussed as be part of an energy source and climate change," Mrs Pavey said.

"SMRs will create new industries, more jobs and a reliable source of baseload power."

Nationals leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro has long-supported nuclear energy and said the Nationals would support a bill, as will the Shooters and Fishers.

The parliamentary inquiry will deliver its findings in September.

The process for nuclear energy is both a State and Federal process and both levels of government would have to overturn the various legislative bans currently in place prior to any changes being made.

* Small modular reactors (SMRs) are a type of nuclear fission reactor which are smaller than conventional reactors, and manufactured at a plant and brought to a site to be assembled. They require less on-site construction and supposedly increased containment efficiency. They do not require a coast locations as is the case with traditional nuclear energy sites.