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Both Labor and Liberal supporting South Australian nuclear waste dump importing

Tweedle-NuclearSA nuclear royal commission sets 10-year timetable MEREDITH BOOTH THE AUSTRALIAN MAY 10, 2016 

South Australians could be ready in 10 years to accept nuclear waste from overseas for storage, royal commissioner Kevin Scarce said yesterday following the release of his final report.

The report, released 14 months after Mr Scare’s appointment, made 12 recommendations. It said the state could “safely increase its participation in nuclear activities”, with a storage facility generating more than $100 billion over a 120-year lifespan.

But Mr Scarce said there would be “10 to 15 years, 10 years I hope, to get to a point where we’ll make a decision’’, with ongoing community support required and consultation to start as soon as possible through an independent agency.

“I would hope that if there’s strong social consent, we might get there faster,” he said. “We need to take the time to explain the steps, to explain the safety concerns.’’

At the same time, the agency should also determine general ­criteria for an appropriate dump site, he said.

Labor Premier Jay Weatherill said the commission’s findings had bipartisan support­ but required strong public ­approval. A community engagement process would begin “within days” to inform the government’s response by the end of the year…..

Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said both sides of politics would need to work together……

May 10, 2016 - Posted by | NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION 2016, politics, South Australia

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