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Kimba ballot on nuclear waste dump- a good idea, but very badly done

Flinders Local Action Group, Dave Sweeney,Australian Conservation Foundation12 Oct 19

WASTE   The federal government ballot to measure community sentiment over plans for a radioactive waste facility near Kimba is a good idea that has been very badly done.

Clearly, affected local communities should have a say in decisions with direct impacts, and hosting radioactive waste that lasts 10,000 years would certainly impact.

But to make an informed decision a community needs access to detailed and accurate information. This is missing at Kimba. There is little or no detail on waste acceptance criteria, transport and handling procedures, or future plans for the most contaminating waste.

The community is effectively being asked to give a blanket approval to a concept, not measured consideration of a specific proposal.

The federal government wants to set up a purpose built facility: national in
scope, long term in duration and intended to host Australia’s most problematic
radioactive waste.

This problem was not created by the people of Kimba, nor is it their sole responsibility to solve.

The federal approach has been to shrink the space for a discussion around this waste and to seek to turn a needed national debate into a local infrastructure opportunity and bidding war.

This approach has been divisive, failed to consider other options and has not

provided people in the wider Eyre Peninsula or South Australia with a voice.

Securely managing radioactive waste is a complex and costly challenge and giving Canberra a blank cheque for a bad plan is not a good idea.


October 12, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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