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Kimba agricultural group supports nuclear waste stored at Lucas Heights, rejects dump on farming land.

NO WASTE NO WAY: No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA President Peter Woolford says ILW should not be stored at Kimba. 

Waste war over Kimba

  An anti-nuclear group are holding onto hope that the federal government will reconsider storing intermediate level waste (ILW) in Kimba, after attending a meeting in the rural town on Thursday.

The No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA are seeking answers as to why the government are planning to store ILW at Kimba as opposed to Lucas Heights.

It comes following a recent Parlimentary hearing where the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANTSO) revealed it had the capacity to store ILW at Lucas Heights for “decades to come”.

President Peter Woolford said the group put this to the combined Kimba Consultative Committee (KCC) and Kimba Economic Working Group (KEWG) when they met in Kimba.

They also questioned if the recent nuclear-powered submarines deal made by the federal government would see submarine waste stored at Kimba, and if it was a gateway to a domestic nuclear industry.

“They indicated that no high-level waste would come to Kimba,” he said.

“When you look at what’s going on with ANTSO and the money being spent there for extended storage of intermediate level waste it makes sense to keep the waste there until a permanent dispoal site is found.”

Mr Woolford said storage of nuclear waste from decommissioned submarines would have been an essential part of the federal government’s plans.

“Obviously people are concerned about that because it is an issue…there has to be a waste pathway for all that waste and there isn’t one at the moment,” he said.

With Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt intending to declare Kimba as the site for the Nuclear Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF), Mr Woolford believes there’s still time to prevent storage of ILW on agricultural land.

“The reality is the Minister has to declare the site, which could be this week, once they do that the Commonwealth can acquire the land,” he said.

The facility is coming here it’s just the matter of what’s stored in it … I can’t speak for everybody but at the present time it makes perfect sense that ILW stays in ANTSO.”

Minister Pitt has been contacted for comment.

October 25, 2021 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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