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Federal and South Australian govts underestimating people’s opposition to nuclear waste importing?

Fight looms over SA nuclear dump 9 News, 9 May 16  Environmentalists are threatening the fight of a lifetime over a proposal for South Australia to host a high-level nuclear waste dump.

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The state’s nuclear fuel cycle royal commission has called in its final report for SA to store the world’s nuclear waste in exchange for billions of dollars in revenue.

Royal commissioner Kevin Scarce on Monday said it could take up to 10 years to lock in public support for the proposed facility.

 But he urged SA’s government to seize the opportunity as soon as possible to prevent potential competitors from getting in first…..

conservationists accused Mr Scarce of down-playing the risks of nuclear storage and threatened to ramp up their campaign against the dump.

“We’ll be increasing our profile, our presence and our concerns,” Australian Conservation Foundation spokesman Dave Sweeney told AAP. “It might include protests, it certainly will include boots on the ground. “This is a serious threat from a resourced and long-standing industry. We’re taking it very seriously.”

Premier Jay Weatherill said a nuclear dump would have “extraordinary” economic benefits but required broad community support, although this is unlikely to be sought through a referendum.

The government has promised to work with the state opposition and will outline its consultation process in coming days before deciding how to proceed by year’s end…..

May 10, 2016 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Opposition to nuclear, South Australia

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