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Plan for Australia as international radioactive waste dump

The head of the World Nuclear Association, John Ritch, is one of the many foreign corporate voices calling for Australia to accept the world’s nuclear
garbage.

Territorians clearly have reason to be concerned that the proposed Muckaty dump will be the thin edge of an extremely hazardous wedge.

Foreign nuclear waste, by Dr Jim Green, 19 April 11,  Federal resources minister Martin Ferguson says that high-level nuclear waste from other countries will not be dumped at the proposed Muckaty site in the Territory (NT News, April 15). But in 2005 Mr Ferguson responded to Bob Hawke’s call for Australia to establish a high-level waste dump by saying:

“In scientific terms Bob Hawke is right. Australia internationally could be regarded as a good place to actually bury it deep in the ground.” The  proposal is supported by current and former ALP politicians such as Dick Adams and Gareth Evans.
On June 3, 2007, the Federal Council of the Liberal Party unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting the establishment of a foreign nuclear
waste dump in Australia. Liberal Senator Judith Troeth has called for Australia to build nuclear power reactors and for the high-level waste to be dumped at Muckaty. Former foreign minister Alexander Downer repeatedly calls for high-level nuclear waste to be dumped in Australia.
In 1999l, a corporate video leaked to the media revealed the existence of an international consortium – Pangea Resources – which was secretly lobbying to
establish a high-level nuclear waste dump in Australia. Pangea Resources now calls itself ARIUS and it is still lobbying to build a nuclear dump here.
The head of the World Nuclear Association, John Ritch, is one of the many foreign corporate voices calling for Australia to accept the world’s nuclear
garbage.
Territorians clearly have reason to be concerned that the proposed Muckaty dump will be the thin edge of an extremely hazardous wedge.

April 19, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, wastes

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