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Greg Chapman Submission – Nuclear power is dirty and its fallout lasts forever.

Submission no 66. To Senate Estimates Committee against Environment and Other Legislation Amendment (Removing Nuclear Energy Prohibitions) Bill 2022

How many times do we have to remind ultra-conservative politicians that Australia doesn’t
need or want nuclear power stations or nuclear powered war machines?

Australia has more than enough sustainable renewable energy without having to resort to
dangerous and world-shattering atomic energy.

I live near Darwin River Dam – the water supply for Darwin. On the other side of the Dam is
Rum Jungle Uranium site. It is still radioactive after hundreds of millions of dollars of
remediation since it closed in 1971. Darwin Dam water is tested daily before it reaches city
taps. My bore water is never tested. Over 17,000 people down here have untested water
bores. I’ve had friends who died from unexplained cancers. This is the legacy of being
colonised by the UK and US for their militaries to make nuclear weapons.

Australia has several nuclear bomb testing sites still giving off high levels of radioactivity
because of our unequal ‘alliances’ with the UK and US.

Why does it seem to be that these ultra-conservatives want to make us part of the nuclear
industry and lobby for ‘clean’ nuclear energy when Australian governments make
arrangements with the UK/US to buy nuclear submarines and house B52s with nuclear
weapon capabilities?

Nuclear power is not clean or sustainable. It’s dirty and its fallout lasts forever.

Let’s say we agree to have nuclear energy. We would need to:
 Consult fairly, openly and accountably with individuals and communities likely to be
 Arrange constantly assessed assurance and insurance agreements locally, nationally
and internationally – including jurisdictional arrangements between the
Commonwealth and states/territories;
 Provide occupational health and safety to a yet to be trained Australian workforce and
educate workers and their families on the dangers of reactor workers taking work
 Australia can’t depend on overseas workers to fill highly sophisticated scientific and
technical officer jobs. After 40 years of educational neglect, we can’t rely on other
countries to supply such employment skills and needs;
 Have highly secure sites for nuclear facilities;
 Allocate huge amounts of water for cooling and preventing meltdown;
 Connect power infrastructure to the grid without jeopardising other energy

Provide extremely safe transport for nuclear materials with warnings and signs
everywhere possible on the transport vehicles and roads used;
 Safely decommission reactors – also requiring a huge, well-trained workforce and a
huge and well-trained public service to oversee this;
 Be able to do what no other nuclear nation has yet done: safely manage and store
nuclear waste for thousands of years, and
 Reassure our non-nuclear neighbours

Australia has colonised and ignored the basic needs and communal responsibilities of our
first nation people – as well as making war on other nations not toeing our white, mainstream
liberal dream of private, individual ownership. Can we really be trusted to use nuclear energy
for the social good of the world? How do we reconcile commissioning volatile reactor
stations in a highly unpredictable atmosphere of climate change? Will another Chenobyl help
us achieve a circular economy and zero waste in the near future – or ever?

Where we even put these monsters? Not in my backyard – that’s for sure!


March 21, 2023 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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