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SA’s agriculture reputation ‘will be totally destroyed’ – Caldicott

Caldicott,-Helen-4Anti-nuclear pioneer Helen Caldicott slams SA waste dump plans ABC News 10 May 16  A pioneer of Australia’s anti-nuclear movement has described the final report from South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission as a “snow job”.

The report says plans for a high- to intermediate-level waste dump should be actively pursued, if the public wants it.

The report by commissioner Kevin Scarce was handed to the SA Government at the end of last week and made 12 recommendations.

They include pursuing a waste dump, simplifying mining approvals processes and seeking a relaxation of federal restrictions on nuclear power generation in Australia.

Tentative findings released in February recommended the creation of a high-level waste nuclear dump that would store 138,000 tonnes of spent fuel from around the world, as well as a separate “above-ground interim storage facility”.

Doctor Helen Caldicott is a paediatrician who also helped found the organisation Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Her anti-nuclear work stretches back decades and includes playing a major role in Australia’s opposition to French atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Dr Caldicott said in relation to the waste dump, no technology exists to safely store nuclear waste in the long term.

“It’s [the royal commission report] exactly as I expected. It’s really been a snow job, if you like,” she said.

“Paid for by the State Government, to the tune of millions of dollars, to set up a high level nuclear waste dump in SA for much of the world’s radioactive waste.”

SA’s agriculture reputation ‘will be totally destroyed’

South Australia nuclear toilet

Dr Caldicott said the state’s record as a centre of fine produce would be ruined by establishing a nuclear waste facility.

“SA has a great reputation for agriculture and I travel a lot overseas, particularly in the US,” she said.

“That extraordinary reputation will be totally destroyed and it will impact upon the agricultural facilities of SA it all seems quite absurd.”………

May 10, 2016 - Posted by | General News

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