Thursday, October 27, 2005

Survey Says: Ontarians Support Nuclear

A majority of Ontarians support commercial nuclear power, according to a recent survey.

Although 60% of those surveyed said they prefer hydroelectric power, 54% responded that they back nuclear energy as part of the mix.

"The theme you see here is that the public understands that despite their preference, they can't rely on hydro alone -- at least at this stage in the game," said Leger Marketing associate vice-president Craig Worden.

"It's like a recipe and there needs to be a mix. They support nuclear being an ingredient in that mix."
The poll comes after Bruce Power's announcement last week that it plans to restart its Bruce A 1 and 2 reactors in Kincardine, Ont., which have been idle since 1997. The restart plan depends on a $3.6 billion deal between Bruce Power and the province of Ontario. The plan also includes refurbishment of two other Bruce A reactors over the next decade at the Kincardine site, about 150 miles northwest of Toronto.

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