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Government and media silence on nuclear waste dump decision – theme for July 18

Why the government and media silence about the planned National Radioactive Waste Dump, with a decision due on 20 August?    And why the rush?    Is it to get this abominable thing wound up before the next election?

Is this most unsuitable place for Lucas Heights’ nuclear waste chosen as the precursor – to reviving that failed 2016 dream of the nuclear lobby –  South Australia as the world’s nuclear toilet?

As both National and South Australian laws prohibit this, why are both Labor and Liberal State and Federal politicians shutting up about it?

It’s been left to just one politician, Senator Rex Patrick, (Centre Alliance Party) to do something – to instigate a Senate Inquiry, which , unfortunately, will report too late, 14 August , to have much influence. But, as its make-up is almost certainly predominantly Liberal and wishy washy Labor – the report will probably rubber-stamp the plan, anyway.

Australia does not need a centralised so-called “temporary” dump for its very small amounts of mostly very short-lived medical radioactive wastes. ANSTO should continue to store their nuclear reactor wastes at Lucas Heights, before their final burial.  Woomera radioactive wastes should be cleaed up and stored at Woomera. The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor should be shut down, and no more toxic radioactive trash created there. The “medical necessity” is rubbish. Non nuclear cyclotrons now produce all the required medical  radioisotopes.

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June 30, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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