Public Support For Nuclear Facility Never Better

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:40



An official with Cameco says a number of financial questions have to be answered before someone decides to try building a nuclear processing facility in Saskatchewan.


But Jamie McIntyre says the public seems to solidly support the idea.


McIntyre says, according to polling done by Cameco, between 75 and 80 per cent of Saskatchewan residents support the expansion of the nuclear industry in the province.


He also says the numbers are the same when only the northern population is surveyed.


McIntyre believes that’s the biggest reason why the NDP government seems more open to the idea that it was even a few years ago.


McIntyre notes dozens of communities have already approached Cameco about being a possible location for a nuclear facility.


In the North, he says Patuanak, Buffalo Narrows and La Ronge are among the most eager communities to get involved.


However, McIntyre estimates nuclear processing in Saskatchewan is at least 10 to 15 years away.