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Refuting claims about the ”medical necessity” for Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump

Sam Chard (InDaily 19 Feb) claims that :It is essential that The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to be located at Kimba in South Australia.  It  is critical to Australian nuclear medicine that one in two Australians need to treat cancers and a range of other heart, lung and musculoskeletal conditions.
It is Absolute nonsense that the facility at Kimba is critical to nuclear medicine.

In what specific and fully explained way is the Kimba facility critical?

Nuclear medicine requirements in Australia are already being catered for adequately under present conditions and if additions are necessary they can be achieved without Kimba.
Sam Chard goes on : –  The radioactive waste from nuclear medicine is currently spread over more than 100 locations across the country, at science facilities, universities and hospitals.   It needs to be consolidated into a purpose-built facility, where it can  be safely managed.

How can the consolidation be achieved since the federal government has no legal rights or control over the waste held at the  various locations throughout Australia?

From inquiries many of these will not use a federal government facility as proposed so the Kimba facility may be left taking only the government’s nuclear waste which includes that of intermediate level.
SAM CHARD was formerly the General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce at the
Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources but is now head of the recently established Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA)

February 15, 2021 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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