Australian news, and some related international items

Kimba temporary nuclear waste dump plan is unnecessary, now that federal government has approved upgraded storage plan at Lucas Heights.

South Australian farm near Kimba to be nation’s first nuclear waste facility, Queensland Country Life 30 Nov 21,

A SOUTH Australian farm will be turned into a national nuclear waste facility, after the federal government officially selected the site in the last parliamentary sitting week of 2021.

The site near the town of Kimba, in the Eyre Peninsula, was always considered the front runner for the facility,…………

Australian Conservation Foundation national nuclear-free campaigner Dave Sweeney said the plan lacked a rationale and a social licence, as the region’s Traditional Owners were excluded from key consultation processes.

Mr Sweeney said the planned facility was unnecessary given federal parliament’s recent support for a $60 million waste storage upgrade to secure the most problematic intermediate level waste at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Lucas Heights nuclear site for the next three to five decades.

“The Kimba plan is effectively redundant on the day Minister Pitt has made his decision,” Mr Sweeney said.

Extended storage of Australia’s most problematic waste at Lucas Heights where most of it is already stored, makes far more economic, environmental and radiological sense than the ill-considered Kimba plan.”

December 2, 2021 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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