Brazil ends the union monopoly on the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant

Brazil ends the union monopoly on the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant

Rep. Sérgio Toledo (PL / AL) gave a favorable opinion in the House of Representatives Committee on Constitution and Justice (CCJ) to the proposed constitutional amendment PEC 122/2007, which provides for the end of the Union monopoly on the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant.

The new plants may be built or operated under legal entities that have their headquarters in the country and at least seventy percent of the total capital and voting capital owned, directly or indirectly, by Brazilians.

Authored by Alfredo Kaefer (PSDB / PR), the text may signify a boost to the national nuclear energy sector amid the determination of the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, to resume the works of the Angra 3 plant through a partnership with a foreign investor.

In the debate in the House 12 years ago, the text has had three favorable opinions in the CCJ, which only looks at whether the proposed amendment is following the Constitution so that it can begin to work in the house.

Interestingly, however, the article had another PEC joined in 2011 with an antagonistic text: PEC 41/2011, also from Carlos Sampaio (PSDB / SP), a proposal that prohibits “the construction and installation of nuclear reactor plants. ”

The PEC 41/2011, does not impede the completion of Angra 3 works by expressly stating that “the Union may complete the works and start operations of the plant.” The text, however, prohibits the operation of more than one nuclear reactor in any of the plants, which includes Angra 1 and 2.

In the vote, Sérgio Toledo points out that the proposals present an antagonistic solution to the problem of nuclear energy in the country, but affirms that the issue will be dealt with in a selected committee if the CCJ approves its vote.

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