Saskatchewan

SaskPower releases nuclear power studies

Fourteen studies into the viability of nuclear power in Saskatchewan commissioned by SaskPower over the past 36 years were made public by the utility Monday.

Fourteen studies into the viability of nuclear power in Saskatchewan commissioned by SaskPower over the past 36 years were made public by the utility Monday.

The release of the feasibility studies by the Crown corporation comes two months after a consultant's report on possible locations for a nuclear power plant was leaked to the media.

The controversial report, which is among the 14 studies released Monday, recommended southern Saskatchewan's Lake Diefenbaker region as the best place to build western Canada's first nuclear power plant.

The province is the world's largest producer of uranium, but it does not have any nuclear reactors.

The fact the power company has considered the nuclear option since 1972 does not come as a big surprise, said Ann Coxworth, program co-ordinator  of the environmental group Saskatchewan Environmental Society.

"But I think it's helpful to have that material out in the public arena so that we can all share in the review of that material," Coxworth said Monday.

Before the province makes a decision on nuclear power, it needs to consider a number of factors, she said. For example, a recent study done in Colorado concluded nuclear power is only feasible when it is subsidized.