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Areva sees no ‘nuclear winter’ after Fukushima
Reuters/Issei Kato Jun 14, 2011 – 3:33 PM ET | Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 3:44 PM ET
PARIS – The outlook for the global nuclear industry remains strong despite the emotion and doubts spurred by the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan, the head of French nuclear group Areva said on Tuesday.
“Will there be a new nuclear winter like there was after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl?,” Areva Chief Executive Anne Lauvergeon asked at a parliamentary hearing, referring to the U.S. accident in 1979 and the 1986 meltdown in the Ukraine.
“I don’t see this (a nuclear winter) happening,” said Lauvergeon, adding that high oil prices, the need to produce cleaner energy, and surging energy demand from emerging countries meant nuclear would remain in the world’s energy mix.