[ASC-media] Media Alert: Does Australia have a nuclear future?

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Does Australia have a nuclear future?

June 10, 2015

A national workshop exploring the pros and cons of nuclear energy for Australia will be held in Adelaide on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:15 PM (ACST).  

Australia, as owner of the world’s largest uranium reserves, has been urged to factor nuclear into its future energy mix. However experiences at Fukushima and Chernobyl have left the world cautious.

This workshop, hosted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), will examine the policy and other issues surrounding the peaceful use of nuclear power by Australia.

CRC CARE Managing Director Professor Ravi Naidu says the aim is to ensure that the development of alternative energy sources does not result in further industrial contamination, and that these are well understood, anticipated and planned for. This workshop will help broaden the national discussion about sources of clean energy.

Featuring leading thinkers on both sides of the nuclear debate, the program covers:
•	Uranium mining and environmental impacts: facts, figures and myths
•	The reliability and economics of renewables versus nuclear energy
•	The global drive to phase out nuclear power on health grounds
•	Greenhouse gas emissions and nuclear power
•	Should Australia consider nuclear to meet its energy needs?
•	Future prospects and opportunities for uranium mining in Australia
•	Managing the risks of nuclear waste, theft, sabotage and proliferation.

More information:
Prof. Ravi Naidu, Managing Director, CRC CARE, +61 407 720 257
Adam Barclay, Communications Manager, CRC CARE, +61 429 779 228 or adam.barclay at crccare.com 

Journalists: contact Adam Barclay to request a media pass.

Full details and registration:

The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) will be hosting an online briefing on the research at 12:00 noon AEST on Wednesday 17th June. Journalists can join the briefing by following these instructions: 

Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions online.

1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking http://bit.ly/1duJra4 5 minutes before the start time or anytime during the briefing.  

2. Enter your name and email address

3. Click "Join".

If you are having difficulties logging in, we suggest you try pasting the link into a different browser. 

(System requirements: You will need a broadband connection and speakers/headphones to hear the event. Allow 1-2 mins for your computer to be configured correctly, install ActiveX, if asked)

1. For phone only access please call: 1800 049 813. 

2. Enter access code 862 836 676#. Wait for the prompt and press #. 

Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. 

If you would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test before the day.

If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on 1800 493 239 quoting event number 862 836 676.

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