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Dodgy #ScottyFromMarketing govt process for Kimba nuclear waste dump needs investigation

Kim Mavromatis Fight To Stop A Nuclear Waste Dump In South Australia, 30 Jan 2020 
INVESTIGATION NEEDED ON DODGY SCOMO FED GOVT NUKE WASTE DUMPS PROCESS – COMMUNITIES UNDER SIEGE
The best way to describe the process is “Dodgy”. If a nuclear waste accident occurs, it’s likely to be catastrophic for the region and South Australia.
1. Why Dump Nuke Waste on SA Farmland?
2. Traditional Owners Excluded from vote?
3. 99.999% of South Australians were Excluded from the vote?
4. Aust Regulator Guidelines Ignored?
5. Fed Govt Ignore SA Law?
6. Where did the $55 million go?
7. Only 4.5% of SA is Agricultural farmland?
8. “Intermediate” really High Level Nuke Waste, to be transported to dumpsite?
9. Nothing scientific about site selection?
10. SA Citizens Jury already said NO?
ONLY 4.5% OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA IS AGRICULTURAL CROPPING LAND
Only 4.5% of South Australia’s land is Agricultural cropping land – so why on earth does Scomo’s Federal govt want to dump / introduce toxic radioactive nuclear waste on Agricultural Farmland near Kimba and Lake Gilles Conservation Park, which has an Export income for Kimba farmers of up to $80 million per year? And $778 million income for Eyre Peninsula farmers (Source : 18/19 RDA Whyalla and EP Report).
BARNGARLA TRADITIONAL OWNERS EXCLUDED FROM COMMUNITY VOTE
The sneaky way the Fed Govt has gone about excluding the Barngarla Native Title Holders from the Kimba Radioactive Nuclear Waste Dump ballot process, will inform the govt in the future of ways to get around the native title holders (to keep them from a vote), so not only has this process ramifications for the Barngarla people, but for all of Australia’s Aboriginal people.
So Barngarla had their own vote – with a Unanimous No vote against establishing the nuclear waste dumps on their traditional lands. The combined Kimba and Barngarla vote: 452 Yes from 1,033 Eligible voters “43.75%” (Yes vote), does not constitute broad community support.
99.999% OF SOUTH AUSTRALIANS WERE EXCLUDED FROM THE VOTE
Only Kimba Council were eligible to vote in the Dodgy process – the rest of South Australia as well as the traditional owners of the region were excluded from the vote.
FEDERAL GOVNT IGNORES IT’S OWN GUIDELINES AND IGNORES SA LAWS
Why has Scomo’s Federal Govt ignored ARPANSA guidelines and Site Selection Criteria, which state the proposed Radioactive Nuclear Waste Dumps should not be placed on Agricultural land, in the immediate vicinity of land with significant Natural Resources, or Outdoor Recreational use???
TRANSPORT ACCIDENT COVERUP
To transport the High-Level Radioactive Waste (ANSTO and Fed Govt classify as Intermediate) 1,700 kms from Lucas Heights via road, ship, rail? to Kimba, is irresponsible. The govt have stated that there’s never been a nuclear material transport accident in Aust – but there has been, and the people affected were treated badly and many died of cancers. Accidents do happen. Watch the film “Nuclear Waste Crash COVERUP – Poisoned Police Speak Out “
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE IS REALLY HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE
ANSTO and the Fed Govt state that spent nuclear fuel from the Lucas Heights reactor is Intermediate Level Nuclear Waste – but it’s really High Level Radioactive Waste. And radioactive waste from reprocessed spent nuclear fuel that is returned to Australia from France, is classified as high level radioactive waste until it’s unloaded on our shores. The proposed site at Kimba and SA will end up with a High Level Radioactive Waste Dump disguised as Intermediate level waste. And if the govt gets away with this, it will open the door to an International High Level Radioactive Nuclear Waste Dump in our backyard. The Citizens Jury (2016) have already said NO to a high level radioactive waste dump in SA.
DEFINITION OF HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE
High-Level Radioactive Waste (HLW) is produced from the burning of uranium fuel in nuclear power reactors. It is of two kinds:
1) Spent nuclear fuel.
2) Waste resulting from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.
Due to its high radioactivity and very long half-life, HLW has to be well contained and isolated from the human environment.
(Source : IAEA International Atomic Energy Assoc)
RADIOACTIVE WASTE 10,000 X MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN URANIUM ORE
Even after 30 years, spent nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors is still 10,000 times more radioactive than uranium ore. And the waste that is shipped back to Australia from France from the reprocessed spent nuclear fuel, still contains 95% of the radioactivity.
(Source : Nuclear Waste Management Org , Canada : https://www.nwmo.ca )
SITE SELECTION
All 3 proposed sites are in the electorate of Grey (Flinders now removed). There was nothing scientific about the proposed sites selection. Even though ARPANSA (the Aust Nuclear regulator) have site specific requirements, the Fed govt took nominations from anyone – didn’t matter how suitable the property was. At Kimba, farmland owners simply nominated their properties – with no need to consult neighbours, Aboriginal traditional owners, councils, or anyone else. The Fed Govt will pay 4x what the property owner thinks their property is worth ($millions). For the first 12 months of the process, the Fed govt (and the media) only mentioned the permanent low level nuclear waste dump – no mention of the Intermediate (actually high level) radioactive nuclear waste that is also going to be temporarily dumped at the site for up to 100 years. The farmland to be acquired by the commonwealth has also now grown to 160 hectares. And once acquired, all rights by local and state govt authorities will cease to exist.

 

 

January 30, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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