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South Australia’s dubious Nuclear Royal Commission hands in its pro nuclear report today

Royal Commission tentative findingsSA nuclear royal commission report due AAP on May 6, 2016, Yahoo 7 News South Australia’s nuclear royal commission has completed its final report, paving the way for a decision on a controversial nuclear dump proposal. Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce will on Friday deliver the report to Governor Hieu Van Le, who will then hand it over to the state government.

The report’s recommendations will be made public on Monday afternoon once Mr Scarce has briefed state cabinet.

It is expected the report will recommend SA hosts the world’s high-level nuclear waste, in line with tentative findings released in February. The government will consult with the public and is not expected to decide whether SA should become more involved in the nuclear fuel cycle until year’s end.

Environmentalists have promised to campaign strongly against a nuclear dump.

“There is a massive difference between a royal commission and South Australia’s permission,” the Conservation Council SA said. “The South Australian community must now be given a genuine opportunity to have their say, with enough time to fully consider the ‘forever’ nature of their decision, and ultimately, to say ‘no’ if they don’t want a global nuclear waste dump in SA.”……

The royal commission found in its interim report that a high-level dump could generate more than $257 billion in revenue over its 120-year lifespan.

Anti-nuclear campaigners have argued the findings were based on dubious economics and a dump could have massive costs for the state.

The commission heard from 132 expert witnesses, including 41 from overseas, and received 170 direct responses to its tentative findings.

May 6, 2016 - Posted by | General News

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