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Behind the mask of “medical necessity” the nuclear lobby prepares the way for its birth-to-grave nuclear cycle dream

Dennis Matthews, 3 Feb 2020 It is obvious to me that the nuclear industry’s nuclear dump campaign is based on connecting the dump with nuclear medicine, just look at the last 2 issues of The Advertiser (1st and 3rd Feb).

Once the public accepts that we need to have a centralized dump for the dangerous but necessary nuclear waste from hospitals then the rest is easy – throw money, promise of jobs, etc, etc and it’s all over bar the shouting.

By volume, most of the waste will be from hospitals, universities, mining companies. However, from the point of view of radioactivity and hence hazard, by far the most dangerous and difficult to manage material is from the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights in NSW. This material will remain highly dangerous for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on for many more generations.

Moving long-lived radioactive nuclear waste from a place (Lucas Heights in NSW), where it is already stored and which has more nuclear scientists than the rest of Australia put together, to a remote place like Kimba is not scientifically, environmentally or morally defensible.

The initial dump is highly likely to be the thin edge of the wedge. When people get tired of complaining the nuclear industry can slowly and quietly up the ante.

February 3, 2020 - Posted by | General News

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