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Iron ore miner in Western Australia applies to host low level nuclear waste facility

wastesGindalbie applies to host nuclear waste facility in WA’s Mid West By Emily Piesse Iron ore miner Gindalbie Metals has confirmed it has nominated part of its land holding in WA’s Mid West as a potential site for a low level radioactive waste dump.

The site, on Badja Station in the Shire of Yalgoo, has been put forward by the company under a national tender process by the Federal Government. The nuclear waste facility, which would be a national repository for low level waste, would be the first of its kind in Australia.

Most low level waste is stored in hospitals, universities and other private facilities but this would act as a central storage centre.

The Shire of Leonora in WA’s Goldfields has also confirmed it has supported an application to have the nuclear waste dump on a pastoral station’s freehold land between Leonora and Malcolm.

A spokesperson for Gindalbie confirmed the miner had submitted Badja Station to be assessed, but said it was too early to comment as the Government was yet to finalise its shortlist of sites.

Badja Station is currently the subject of a native title claim by the Widi people.

Widi spokesperson Clayton Lewis said he had no prior knowledge of Gindalbie’s proposal.”It was a bolt out of the blue … [we’re] just amazed that it’s going to happen or potentially going to happen in our country,” he said.

“We think if we can get a decent body of support at this early stage we can certainly contest it.”

A spokesperson for federal Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane would not confirm whether Badja Station was under consideration, but said initial site assessments had begun.

Under the selection process, states and territories will not have the right to veto the Government’s site selection.

A shortlist of nominated sites is expected to be made public in July.

May 13, 2015 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, wastes, Western Australia

2 Comments »

  1. As a resident of the midwest and has lived and worked on and around the area of Badja Station, I am totally against this idea in our back yard.

    I as a former employee, have contributed to the success of GML during the exploration stages of the Karrara mining operation.
    Thanks to that I got to see and feel this country and now regret the destruction that has already occurred

    So I as one individual totally reject GML nominating this area as a facility for radioactive waste storage which will inevitably lead to establishing a much larger facility to accommodate international nuclear waste for avery handsome $$ profit to those involved.

    NO PANGEA HERE !!! Please.

    I hope and wish the Widi people are successful in thier claim of native title of this area. It is beautiful country, surrounded by at least six vibrant, active towns / communities well within a 150km radius of the proposed radioactive waste dump as well as numerous exploration (because of the mineral wealth) and tourist activities in the area, not forgetting those living off and trying to protect this area

    I object to, and will support anyone against, this proposal.

    Bern.

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    Comment by bern | May 13, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you, Bern.
      It is hard to estimate the power of one individual speaking out for his belief. And this encourages others to think and to have an opinion, rather than just believing the nuclear spin doctors.

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      Comment by Christina MacPherson | May 13, 2015 | Reply


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