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Azark compares Western Australian site with South Australian sites for nuclear waste dump

(Azark-) No interference with the heritage sites area would exist  • No other heritage problems .   No watercourses or other issues with water or flooding since well above the floodplain in low rainfall region. nominated site is geologically completely stable and free of all seismic activity as granite hard rock which has not moved for 2.6 billion years.
Submission AZARK PROJECT to Senate Inquiry (submission No 110) Attachment 1
LEONORA WESTERN AUSTRALIA COMPARISONS OF SITES
BARNDIOOTA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) VS AZARK SITE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)
COMPARISON DESCRIPTION
BARNDIOOTA 
 (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) AZARK SITE COMMENT Size 6,300 ha 3,000 ha Only 100 ha at most required for the facility, but whole area is typographically the same throughout Topography Relatively flat and dry Totally flat and dry Entire Azark nominated site and surrounding land is granite hard rock 4km deep throughout and well above the floodplain Being hard rock granite, there is no water table

Location Distant from residences and towns
12km from nearest (uninhabited) residence and 15km from Leonora townsite
Azark site is remote
Heritage sites Intersects indigenous heritage sites and watercourse
Two overlapping indigenous heritage sites well away from the portion of the nominated site to be used for the proposed facility
• No interference with the heritage sites area would exist  • No other heritage problems  • Numerous (approx. 65) heritage surveys have been conducted affecting exploration licence area comprising the Azark site and nearby land • No watercourses or other issues with water or flooding since well above the floodplain in low rainfall region  • Quick water run-off after rains
COMPARISON DESCRIPTION BARNDIOOTA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) AZARK SITE COMMENT Viability Overlay mapping of water courses and indigenous heritage sites need to be conducted to identify a possibly suitable site of 100 ha Entire Azark nominated site viable and highly suitable for a storage facility above or below ground. Does not need any work to confirm suitability Flinders Range Foothills Close Not noted Proximity of the site to Flinders Range Foothills seems irrelevant, unless it is to point out the possible danger of seismic activity and instability, unlike the stability of the Azark nominated site 
Land Description Semi-arid agricultural land for cattle and sheep grazing
Granite hard rock, arid ground devoid of any grazing potential
The Azark site is incapable of supporting any vegetation or fauna
Flooding possibility Relatively flat, at times receives floodwater
Completely flat with no flooding history
Nil
Land title Freehold with no native title issues Pastoral lease title under control of Western Australian Government.  No native title issues from prior judicial determinations
Western Australian Government could grant a special reserve for the facility area if necessary
Access Lack of roads and other infrastructure – significant upgrades required
Close to all necessary infrastructure including gas pipeline, optical fibre network, roads, railways (interstate) and airport, though needs a minor upgrade of approximately 4km of road for full truck access
No other infrastructure or upgrades required for Azark site
COMPARISON DESCRIPTION BARNDIOOTA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) AZARK SITE COMMENT Assistance from neighbouring towns Hawker (30km) unlikely to provide necessary services for construction operation – 200 population Leonora (15km distance) is a major mining centre and can readily provide all necessary services for construction and operation of the facility with back up from Kalgoorlie (230km) Hawker and Quora are predominantly agricultural towns unlike Leonora which has all necessary services and infrastructure for mining and general resource industries required for the proposed facility Quora (66km) may be able to provide more services to compliment Hawker
Stability Flinders Ranges area more seismically active than other areas of South Australia
Azark nominated site is geologically completely stable and free of all seismic activity as granite hard rock which has not moved for 2.6 billion years
In addition to being highly suitable for an above ground facility the Azark nominated site is an ideal location for an underground (burial) facility which could probably be established and operated at a considerably lesser cost In final assessment, Barndioota scored very highly in four criteria, being health, safety and security, environmental protection, community wellbeing and economic viability and highly for stable environment.
COMPARISON DESCRIPTION LYNDHURST AND NAPANDEE – KIMBA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) AZARK SITE COMMENT
Size Lyndhurst – 700ha 3,000 ha Only 100 ha at most required for the facility, but whole area is typographically the same throughoutNapandee  – 496
Topography Lyndhurst – Flat, dry land. Elevation change 20 metres
Totally flat and dry Entire Azark nominated site and surrounding land is granite hard rock 4km deep throughout and well above the floodplain Being hard rock granite, there is no water table.
Napandee – Flat, dry land. Subdued overall topography with approximately 20 metres elevation change.
 Land title Lyndhurst – Agricultural land, close to several unnamed heritage agreements or other third party interests Pastoral lease title under control of Western Australian Government.  No native title issues from prior judicial determinations Western Australian Government could grant a special reserve for the facility area if necessary Napandee – Agricultural land, no third party interests
Location Lyndhurst – 17 km from Kimba 12km from nearest (uninhabited) residence and 15km from Leonora townsite
Azark site is remote
Napandee – 21 km from Kimba
Viability Little evidence of intersecting water tables
Entire Azark nominated site viable and highly suitable for a storage facility above or below ground.
Does not need any work to confirm suitability
Land Description Lyndhurst – Agricultural land primarily used for wheat farming
Granite hard rock, arid ground devoid of any grazing potential
The Azark site is incapable of supporting any vegetation or fauna
Napandee – Agricultural land used for cropping wheat – vegetated by mallee scrub/trees in uncleared areas
Flooding possibility Lyndhurst – standing water observed on small part from Lake Gillies
Completely flat with no flooding history
Azark nominated site well above the floodplain in low rainfall region
Napandee – Not prone to flooding and a low rainfall area
LYNDHURST AND NAPANDEE – KIMBA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) VS AZARK SITE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) CONT.
COMPARISON DESCRIPTION LYNDHURST AND NAPANDEE – KIMBA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) AZARK SITE COMMENT Land title Lyndhurst – Agricultural land, close to several unnamed heritage agreements or other third party interests Pastoral lease title under control of Western Australian Government.  No native title issues from prior judicial determinations Western Australian Government could grant a special reserve for the facility area if necessary Napandee – Agricultural land, no third party interests
Access Good road and other infrastructure, very few challenges other than communications network
Close to all necessary infrastructure including gas pipeline, optical fibre network, roads, railways (interstate) and airport, though needs a minor upgrade of approximately 4km of road for full truck access
No other infrastructure or upgrades required for Azark site
Assistance from neighbouring towns
Local business are capable of providing services for construction and operation of facility including engineering and contract work.
Leonora (15km distance) is a major mining centre and can readily provide all necessary services for construction and operation of the facility with back up from Kalgoorlie (230km)
Kimba is predominantly an agricultural town, with a population of 650 people and another 550 people in District Council area and would probably not have the necessary skills and services for the construction and operation of the facility
Stability Geologically stable area Azark nominated site is geologically completely stable and free of all seismic activity as granite hard rock which has not moved for 2.6 billion years
In addition to being highly suitable for an above ground facility the Azark nominated site is an ideal location for an underground (burial) facility which could probably be established and operated at a considerably lesser cost
According to the desktop assessment both Lyndhurst and Napandee appear technically suitable to site the facility – however while claiming that there is growing support by the community it is accepted that there is also strong opposition to the project at Kimba
SOURCES
The information with respect to all of the sites being compared to the Azark Project site has been obtained from the reports and other documents issued as public information by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science which includes the following: • Phase 1 Summary Reports with respect to Barndioota (Wallerberdina Station) in April 2016; • other documents relating to the assessment of Barndioota; • Phase 1 Summary Report with respect to Kimba 2017;  • other documents relating to the assessment of the Kimba sites; and • all other documents related to the nomination and selection process, media releases and newsletters.
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August 11, 2018 - Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, Western Australia

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