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S. Iswaran, Environment

Nuclear technology not suitable for Singapore yet

Published on Oct 15, 2012 5:45 PM
 
CURRENT nuclear energy technology is not suitable for Singapore yet, a pre-feasibility study has concluded. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

CURRENT nuclear energy technology is not suitable for Singapore yet, a pre-feasibility study has concluded.

Second Minister for Trade and Industry Mr S Iswaran said in Parliament on Monday the risks to Singapore of housing a plant to generate electricity from nuclear reactions, given that the island-state is small and dense, "still outweigh the benefits at this point".

But the two-year pre-feasibility study, done by government agencies, external consultants and independent expert advisers in response to an Economic Strategies Committee recommendation in 2010, did not rule out nuclear energy altogether, and recommended Singapore continue to monitor the development of new nuclear energy technologies.

Singapore needs to strengthen its capabilities to understand nuclear science and technology, and in emergency response and radioactive waste disposal, Mr Iswaran said.

 
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