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Rose Costelloe submission – Kimba traditional Aboriginal area not suitable for nuclear waste dump

due diligence means our government and you as our elected representatives of different communities, including Aboriginal communities, that exist here and which elected you to your positions, need to carefully consider the least possible risk in creating a nuclear waste dump within Australia.

Rose Costelloe National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 [Provisions] Submission 78   I am writing to vigorously oppose the creation of a nuclear waste dump at the site you are considering in South Australia.

My first reason for opposing it is that the plan is to situate the dump on land traditionally owned by the
Barngala Aboriginal people who also oppose this plan.

I would say here, if you are serious about creating a nuclear waste dump in our country, you must plan to situate
it in the middle of one of the largest cities in Australia: Melbourne or Sydney. In that way you will ensure that
the utmost safety precautions are implemented at the outset. They will be then be closely monitored and
maintained with all due diligence forever.

It is very clear to me that we are fallible human beings – and I am one of them. We are not very good at caring
for dangerous substances in our midst or at anticipating what lies ahead of what appear to be clever plans made
without consideration of future risks. The demise of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the face of a tsunami
is the most spectacular of these recent failings. Five Mile Island and Chernobyl are dreadful catastrophes
involving nuclear material from the not too distant past.

I will not dwell here on the life expectancy of nuclear matter including waste. There are more eloquent and
learned submissions covering these hard cold facts

What I want to draw your attention to are two articles in this week’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) newspaper
which amply and clearly demonstrate that our regulations regarding toxic materials clearly do not take into
account human or careless error. And that where this is the case, the outcome is quite deadly for those who are
victims of these errors.

The first is an article entitled Deadly pollutant rose by 3000 per cent at power plant, which appeared in the
SMH at the bottom of page 5, on Tuesday April 7, 2020. The article is about  “the amount of dangerous fine particle pollution emitted by the Vales Point coal-fired power station on the NSW Central Coast (which) has increased by 3000 per cent over the past six years and by 181 per cent last year.
……… In the same issue of the SMH on page 17, a small article written by Associated Press, told of firefightersspending a weekend trying to put out:

“… two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which was evacuated because of
radioactive contamination in 1986 after an explosion at the plant.
Ukraine’s emergencies service said one of the fires, covering about five hectares, had been localised. It said the
other fire was about 20 hectares. Earlier on Sunday, the head of the state ecological inspection service, Yehor
Firsov, said that the fires had spread to about 100 hectares.”
“Firsov said radiation levels at the fire were substantially higher than normal.”………

due diligence means our government and you as our elected representatives of different
communities, including Aboriginal communities, that exist here and which elected you to your positions, need
to carefully consider the least possible risk in creating a nuclear waste dump within Australia.
Please approach these questions with great seriousness. I am quite serious about a proposal to create a waste
dump in the middle of a large city. I have grandchildren, as some of you may too. It would be a terrible travesty
if your names were to become associated at some time in the future, with a decision that went horribly wrong.
Especially as you have been forewarned of the dangers inherent in a wrong decision.

 

May 21, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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