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Update on Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project seems hellbent on keeping this matter “in the family” – the family being itself and a small group of local supporters in the sites already volunteering.

So, it could be a bit of a spanner in the works, for the Australian Senate to be having a Committee of Inquiry into the process. That seems to be inviting outsiders to have a say on the subject of transporting radioactive trash, particularly spent nuclear fuel rod trash 2000 km across Australia, to sit in above ground canisters “temporarily” near Kimba, South Australia.

Who are the Committee members?  We don’t know.  When will it report back?  That’s on August 14th, which might be too late – the site selection might have been made by then.

Anyway, people can send in Submissions by April 3rd, and I urge you to do so.

Four pro nuclear submissions are already published on the Senate Committee site.

These submissions come from:

  • Denise Carpenter –  member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committee’s role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.
  • Ian Carpenter is an enthusiastic member of  the Hawker Economic Working Group – “set up t0 investigate how local people at Barndioota, near Hawker and Quorn, 330km north of Adelaide could benefit if radioactive waste is stored there.”
  • Chelsea Haywood
  •  Janice Alex McInnis

    I have skimmed through the 4 submissions already published, and they are pretty crummy, repetitive pro nuclear stuff –  all emphasising that the writer thinks that the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump is really a matter for the local, not the wider, community.

    For example, Chelsea Haywood writes:
    broad community support should be kept to those that will be affected should this proposal move forward. By this I mean that there is no need to involve the entire state as it will not impact on them either way should the project go ahead or not.


February 17, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL

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