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Kimba now the likely site for nuclear waste dump

Kimba firms as nuclear dump site after Hawker ruled out,  New Daily, 13 Dec 19 Kimba, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, is firming as the site for a national nuclear waste dump after the federal government today ruled an area near the Flinders Ranges town of Hawker.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan says after a ballot of local residents voted narrowly against hosting the facility, the site near Hawker is no longer an option.

More than 860 people cast a ballot in the poll with 454, or just under 53 per cent, voting against establishing the dump on Wallerberdina Station.

“This ballot does not demonstrate a sufficient level of support and I will no longer consider this site an option for the facility,” Canavan said in a statement on Friday.

A similar poll conducted on Eyre Peninsula recently returned a 62 per cent vote in favour of the idea, with two sites near Kimba in the running.

Australian Conservation Foundation campaigner Dave Sweeney said the Hawker result also came amid clear opposition from regional pastoralists and the area’s native title holders………

December 13, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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