Parliamentary oversight needed for New Brunswick’s plutonium plan. Should Canada be leading the way towards undoing the global non-proliferation regime, which is already shaky and in danger of disintegration? Pierre Elliot Trudeau banned the extraction of plutonium from used nuclear fuel in Canada. Today Justin Trudeau lifted the ban under a smokescreen of double talk. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc on Thursday announced $50.5-million in funding to a private company from the United Kingdom, Moltex Energy, to develop a technology that proposes to extract plutonium from used nuclear fuel from the Point Lepreau reactor on the Bay of Fundy, in New Brunswick. During the announcement, presenters repeatedly referred to the technology as “recycling,” despite the fact that less than one per cent of the material in the used fuel will be available as fuel for the proposed Moltex nuclear reactor. Experts on nuclear waste have raised alarms about the process, pointing out that the process will create new, additional toxic liquid radioactive waste streams that will be very difficult to manage.
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