Thank you for your question. I listened to it in French, but I’ll answer it in English.
No, to my knowledge, there were none of these studies that were done. In fact, the Moltex project is quite interesting, because they're offering a new kind of reprocessing technology. Last week, I heard some of your witnesses say that this reprocessing has been done in other countries for years.
The reason this is innovative is that it's a new type of technology called “pyroprocessing”. It's only been done in one place in the world—in the Idaho national labs in the U.S.—and it has been a technological and financial fiasco. They've been trying for more than 10 years to reduce the amount of waste and it hasn't worked out at all. What they have done is make a big mess and a lot of additional waste products that they now have to deal with. It's very complex.
The problem is that less than 1% of the fissile material that's left in the CANDU fuel bundles once they're outside of the reactor can actually be called so-called recycled, but there's no evidence to show that you can cleanly remove the plutonium from the fuel, so what you're left with is a lot materials that will still need to be dealt with for millions of years.
Plus, you'll have a lot of new liquid waste, and that's what we're mostly concerned about in New Brunswick, namely, that as taxpayers we're going to have to pick up the cost of the new liquid waste, of storing the waste. They don't even know what kinds of materials can contain these wastes. There have been no studies done on this project. We don't want to be left to clean up the big mess. That's the big problem.
I could talk about the non-proliferation aspects later, if you like.