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South Australia: ballot on nuclear waste dump: Labor reaffirms anti-nuclear policy

Dave Sweeney, 19 Oct 19, Things are getting pointy around the federal radioactive waste plan in SA.

A community ballot (which does not include Native Title holders) is currently underway in the Kimba region with a comparable initiative due to start next month in the Flinders Ranges.

There are high levels of community concern and contest and continuing legal and procedural challenges in both the Federal Court and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Also below is the common sense position adopted by SA Labor at its recent state convention in Adelaide on October 12.

No Nuclear Waste Dump in South Australia 

State Convention acknowledges that radioactive waste management continues to be a complex policy challenge that requires the highest level of transparency and evidence and that the current federal approach to site a national waste facility in regional South Australia is strongly contested.

  • Supports Traditional Owners and community members in the Flinders Ranges and Kimba regions of South Australia in their current struggle to prevent a nuclear waste facility being constructed in their region.
  • Acknowledge that Native Title holders in both affected regions in SA have taken legal and procedural action against their non-inclusion in the federal governments’ community ballot
  • Calls for full transparency, broad public input and best practice technical and consultative standards during the current site nomination and selection process.
  • Expresses concern at the federal government’s continuing focus on finding a single remote site for radioactive waste to be disposed (low level) and stored (intermediate level) to the exclusion of all other waste management options.
  • Reaffirms its support for the civil society call for the extended interim storage of federal wastes at federal sites pending a broad independent inquiry that examines all options for future responsible radioactive waste, transport and storage and management
  • Commits to support communities opposing the nomination of their lands or region for a dump site, and any workers who refuse to facilitate the construction and operation or transport and handling of radioactive waste material destined for any contested facility or sites including South Australian Port communities.
  • Commits to defend the SA Nuclear Waste Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000
  • Oppose the double handling of the intermediate level waste, currently produced and stored at Lucas Heights
  • Note federal Labor’s national conference commitment to ‘responsible radioactive waste management’

Environment groups are working to support the affected communities and advance the circuit breaker of extended interim storage at existing federal sites and a management options review.

October 19, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics

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