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South Australia’s Labor and Liberal leaders for nuclear jaunt together to Finland

Tweedle-NuclearWeatherill, Marshall to make bipartisan trip to permanent nuke waste dump in Finland June 9, 2016 , Daniel Wills and Luke Griffiths,The Advertiser

PREMIER Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall will make a bipartisan trip to Finland in August and visit the world’s first long-term nuclear waste storage facility……

The bipartisan delegation to Finland will also include members of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency Advisory Board, which is overseeing statewide consultation on the proposal as the State Government considers whether to proceed.

It will visit the Onkalo nuclear waste facility in northern Finland, where the country plans to bury its own spent fuel in a labyrinth of tunnels 520m under the ground for permanent storage.  Onkalo is expected to accept fuel for 100 years before being sealed for eternity. The facility is currently under construction is expected to become operational within a decade.

Mr Weatherill said it was critical to see first-hand the kind of facility SA could build.

“The research and evidence shows SA can safely deepen its involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle,” he said. “I want to see first-hand what this might look like and see what lessons Finland can share with us, should this be something South Australians want to consider.”

“To make an informed decision later this year, it’s important that I understand the concept of deep geological disposal. This bipartisan visit to the Onkalo site will allow us to learn valuable lessons from the Finnish experience, which we will share with the SA community.”

Mr Marshall said it’s important there is a bipartisan investigation of the opportunity and co-operation during the community consultation process.

 Business SA chief executive Nigel McBride,…….was part of a Committee for Economic Development of Australia panel on Thursday that discussed the pros and cons of a nuclear waste facility.

Also on the panel was Greg Ward, chief of staff to the Nuclear Royal Commission…….

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

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