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Government Divides Hawker and Kimba Communities While Hiding Suitable Alternate Radioactive Waste Sites

28 NOVEMBER 2018, Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick today called on the Australian Government to reopen consideration of the 122,000 square kilometres of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) as a location for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

Documents released under FOI to Senator Patrick show the Department of Industry undertook analysis of a number of sites, including the WPA, as potential homes for a NRWMF. In a very shallow response to the Department of Industry, Defence dismissed the WPA for its “impracticability” and “intolerable risk”.

Defence’s analysis cannot be reconciled with the fact that Woomera Test Range is already serving as a radioactive waste storage site. CSIRO is storing 10,000 drums of low and intermediate level waste in a hangar at Evetts Field, 1.3 kilometres from the Woomera Range head, while Defence is storing 35 cubic metres of intermediate level waste in a bunker 5 kilometres down range. Both the CSIRO and Defence waste has been stored there for 24 years.

“Defence’s claims are disingenuous and are nimby in attitude,” said Rex.

“If storing radioactive waste in the WPA represents an intolerable risk, why has this considerable store of waste been allowed to stay there for 24 years?”

“It seems that Defence is never stronger in defending territory than when it comes to defending its own.”

At question time today Senator Patrick today revealed the existence of a 414 page report undertaken for the former Department of Education, Science and Training that examines locating a NRWMF inside and nearby the WPA. It recommends Evetts Field inside the WPA as a preferred location.

The 414 page report contradicts Defence’s shallow analysis and addresses all of Defence’s concerns, and more.

“How can the Government tell the deeply divided communities of Hawker and Kimba that there is absolutely nowhere within the more than 122,000 square kilometres of Woomera that would be suitable for a radioactive waste facility,” Rex asked.

“Noting Minister Payne’s apparent lack of knowledge of the Evetts field option in the Senate today, I will definitely be pursuing this further.”

The relevant FOI documents and reports can be found here.

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December 1, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Concerned citizens of Kimba petition the Senate to remove Kimba site from radioactive waste site shortlist

ENuFF South Australia  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia

Australia = South Australia 27 November 2018 In the Senate:

“Radioactive Waste
TO THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED.
This Petition of Concerned Citizens of Kimbo District, Eyre Peninsula. South Australia and Australia, draws the attention of the Senate that:

The petition of the undersigned concerned Citizens of Kimba District, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, draws the attention of the Senate to our opposition to the siting of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility on agricultural land in Kimba or South Australia, as currently proposed. We are particularly concerned about the risks this proposal presents to Kimba and Eyre Peninsula’s clean and green reputation, on which our export industries rely.


We therefore ask the House to:
Your petitioners ask the Senate work to remove both Kimba sites from the shortlist to host the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, We request that the Federal Government undertake a proper process to seek the best possible site for disposal of all our Nation’s Waste, where it cannot impact on local agriculture, industry or community cohesion. We sincerely hope that this will allow the Kimba community to return to the harmonious, cooperative and civil community life that existed prior to the introduction of this proposal.
by Senator Hanson-Young (from 1039 citizens) (Petition No. 869)”    Page 38 of the Hansard record.
://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/…/Senate_2018_11_27_6792.pdf…/pdf         https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/ 

December 1, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Woomera the suitable site for a nuclear waste dump – Senator Rex Patrick

Woomera must be considered fWor radioactive waste facility, Senator Rex Patrick says https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/woomera-must-be-considered-for-radioactive-waste-facility-senator-rex-patrick-says/news-story/3b8171ca619079bc36b1b35c19861cf9?fbclid=IwAR0FQ-25ObeztDdNn5d9xLWOpJuDHJkaEBAIIT9r6sSpj52tRW_uTaCCLhc Erin Jones, Regional Editor, The AdvertiserNovember 28, 2018  Renewed calls have been made for Woomera to be considered as the site for the national nuclear waste repository to end the divide in two South Australian country towns.

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick said the 122,000sq km Woomera Prohibited Area should be revisited after a freedom of information document showed the reasons why it was rejected were “shallow”.

His calls come as Kimba and Hawker remain in limbo as to whether they will be chosen to host the low-level waste facility, with community ballots delayed until early next year.

We have a divided community in both Hawker and Kimba and there is a site that may well be very suitable but has been dismissed on very shallow grounds,” Senator Patrick said

We need to revisit the defence site properly.”

Renewed calls have been made for Woomera to be considered as the site for the national nuclear waste repository to end the divide in two South Australian country towns.

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick said the 122,000sq km Woomera Prohibited Area should be revisited after a freedom of information document showed the reasons why it was rejected were “shallow”.

His calls come as Kimba and Hawker remain in limbo as to whether they will be chosen to host the low-level waste facility, with community ballots delayed until early next year.


We have a divided community in both Hawker and Kimba and there is a site that may well be very suitable but has been dismissed on very shallow grounds,” Senator Patrick said.

We need to revisit the defence site properly.”

Woomera was one of four defence sites in SA to be identified by the Federal Government that met suitability criteria for the repository.

The Defence Department, in 2016, said it did not support the facility at Woomera as it was “incompatible” with its weapons testing range and missile launch site.

However, a 2002 Education, Training and Science Department report found the site would be a preferred location, in part because both low and intermediate-level radioactive waste had been stored there since 1994-95 without incident. This includes the CSIRO storing 10,000 drums of waste at the site.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan told The Advertiser the site was unsuitable due to defence operations. He said waste at the site must be moved outside of the controlled defence area.

Woomera was identified by the Howard Government as the potential repository site in 1998, but was shelved following backlash from the Rann Government.

 

November 29, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, Submissions to Royal Commission S.A. | Leave a comment

Community excluded from Australia’s nuclear waste dump Community Consultation

Katrina Bohr No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia
29 Nov 18

After a few of us attempted to enter the closed and impenetrable BCC meeting on Tuesday in Quorn, we were left with some guidelines.
‘There will be an opportunity to attend one of the other meetings coming up’
The transcript from this meeting will be available on line.
Why all the community exclusion now, Ian Carter?

Kazzi Jai This is NOT COMMUNITY CONSULTATION! This is the manipulation of a system of committee, whereby the commercial outcome is dependent on confidentiality. This is NOT the purpose of this committee in this case! This is simply the APPEARANCE of community consultation, where there is in fact NONE!
More boxes ticked on their Government to-do list….that’s all!      
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

November 29, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment

Was Woomera rejected as nuclear dump site, because the plan is to later IMPORT NUCLEAR WASTE?

Tim Bickmore , No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 29 Nov 18 Freedom Of Information  released 30 October 2018 to Senator Rex Patrick:

“Defence has a significant holding of radioactive waste awaiting disposal, for which it is legally bound to arrange final disposal under the terms of the ARPANS Act. It is therefore our policy to support the Government’s initiatives in developing a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in a suitable location. The siting of RWSF outside the Woomera Protected Area would have no compatibility impact on Woomers Test Range activities and is therefore actively supported. Defence is already assisting DIIS, ARPANSA and ANSTO, as a member of the Radioactive Waste Management Inter-Departmental Committee, to drive the development of the National Radioactive Waste Management facility”

Director, Defence Radiation Safety and Environment
https://www.dropbox.com/…/2ed7ca…/AAB6UaL6iCMWFH2dzwv2q4VBa…

Katrina Bohr 1,000 known drums of radioactive waste currently stored at Woomera came to public notice in early 2016. They were graded by ARPANSA and classed as low to intermediate nuclear waste. Earlier this year the 1,000 drums were all classed as low level waste. Sounds like a result to suit purpose. I personally don’t trust anyone involved in the development of the NRWMF.
Steve Dale  “The siting of RWSF outside the Woomera Protected Area would have no compatibility impact on Woomera Test Range activities …” that statement doesn’t say it can’t be in the Woomera area, it is a pretty mild statement, yet the nuclear pushers twist it into being “it must not be in the Woomera area!”. 

This increases my suspicion that they want a location near our gulf/ports/rail so they can expand it into their dream of an International Nuclear waste business.      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

November 29, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

How to squash democracy – Australia’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility shows the way, in Quorn, South Australia

Anti-Nuclear Coalition of South Australia, 27 Nov 18 Today at Quorn, the NRWMF Taskforce has vetoed Flinders Ranges’ residents their democratic right to participate in community consultation re the proposed radioactive suppository.

Tomorrow at 1pm the bureaucrats supporting that gag order will be facing members of the ANC at 26 Franklin Street.

To voice your displeasure at DIIS denying local participation; join us at 12:45 outside their Adelaide Bunker.

In any case, this is a National issue & the scapegoats of regional S.Aust need all of us to stand firm against such Federal victimisation.  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zIzX4KpM-io84DHJFg3i30mEFGDiN5k4

MORE about this:  Continue reading

November 27, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Hawker community given telecommunications bribe, BUT THEY STILL CAN REJECT NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP ANYWAY

Communities at the centre of the radioactive waste management debate benefit from “goodwill” funding, Amy Green, Transcontinental, 26 Nov 18

November 26, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Moving Intermediate Level Waste from Lucas Heights to another Intermediate site – dubious and possibly illegal

November 26, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste headed for rural South Australia – “too dangerous for Lucas Heights”

Susan Craig, – Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 23 Nov 18 
Finally. We’ve now heard the reason why the Nuclear Waste is to be moved. As we have known all along, “it’s not perfectly safe”. If it’s too dangerous for Sydney, it’s too dangerous for Adelaide and too dangerous for South Australia. Adelaide is just 283 kms from KIMBA. more https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

November 23, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

The spent nuclear fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level waste

Steve Dale  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 17 Nov 18 , “ANSTO like to say that Australia doesn’t generate High Level Waste” . The Emperor’s new clothes, the reactor’s spent fuel asset – are similar fairy tales

“‘The spent fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level waste. The pretence that spent fuel rods constitute an asset must stop” from the Research Reactor Review, Future Reactions: Report of the Research Reactor Review, 1993
   “ANSTO like to say that Australia doesn’t generate High Level Waste” . The Emperor’s new clothes, the reactor’s spent fuel asset – are similar fairy tales

“‘The spent fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level waste. The pretence that spent fuel rods constitute an asset must stop” from the Research Reactor Review, Future Reactions: Report of the Research Reactor Review, 1993  https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

November 17, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Federal govt on nuclear waste dump: Minister has “absolute discretion”, dismisses Greens’ concerns

The Minister’s ability to exercise judgement to determine whether there is broad community support, based on the circumstances relevant to each nomination, is consistent with his absolute discretion under the Act.

The Government does not support the recommendations proposed in the dissenting statements by the Australian Greens or Centre Alliance

Federal government’s response to the Senate Economic References Committee report into the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility.  Senate Thursday 15 November 2018  Economics References Committee

Government Response to Report

INTRODUCTION

The Australian Government welcomes the opportunity to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Senate Economic References Committee report into the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (the Facility), and agrees to the Committee’s recommendations, either in full or in-principle. Continue reading

November 17, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Nov 28 in Flinders and Kimba – ClOSED meetings on nuclear waste dump plan?

Katrina Bohr  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 14 Nov 18
Is the National nuclear waste dump a transparent process?

After 3 years of supposed community consultation are we
to presume that they have the community’s best interests
in mind?
Are they really listening to those affected by this proposal?
Apparently there is likely to be closed meetings on the 27th in the Flinders, and Kimba on the 28th of Nov.
Should we the community be excluded at such a critical point in the process? https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

November 15, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Federal government nuclear waste compromises Safety and Security in South Australia

 Nuclear Brief (10 Nov 2018) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner The Federal gov. is compromising Safety and Security in SA with ANSTO irradiated nuclear fuel waste to be shipped through Whyalla or Port Pirie to an indefinite (“for approx. 100 years”) above ground nuclear waste Store to be imposed on to SA at Kimba or at Hawker.

Two shipments of ANSTO nuclear fuel waste are intended in the first 2 years of Store operations.

Some 100 x B-Double truckloads (see p.179) of Intermediate Level Wastes (ILW) are also to be trucked into SA, primarily from Lucas Heights, in the first 4 years of Store operations in SA.

ANSTO nuclear fuel wastes were prohibited by the SA State Liberal gov. in 2000 and ANSTO’s Intermediate Level Wastes (& Low Level wastes) were prohibited by the State ALP gov. in 2003.

Imposed illegal transport and indefinite above ground storage of nuclear wastes is untenable:

The Federal nuclear regulator ARPANSA states that nuclear fuel wastes & Intermediate Level reactor wastes require radiation shielding and require isolation from the environment for over 10,000 years.

However, after 60 years ANSTO has no nuclear waste disposal capacity with none foreseeable for multiple decades while nuclear waste production is set to increase to more than double stockpiles.

ANSTO practice & the intended Store in SA are contrary to Nuclear Safety Committee advice to the CEO of ARPANSA (Nov 2013) “regarding safety implications of waste stored in interim storage”, re:

“International best practice points to the need to have in place a policy and infrastructure for final management and ultimate disposal of waste before activities generating waste commence.”

SA faces decades of nuclear accident and terrorist risks & impacts in ANSTO nuclear waste shipments – first from the UK & from Lucas Heights, with the next 40 years of ANSTO nuclear fuel waste to be shipped to SA as reprocessed nuclear wastes from France and potentially direct from Lucas Heights.

The Australian Radioactive Waste Management Framework (DIIS April 2018, p.4) reports total Intermediate Level Wastes at 1,770 m3 – with 95% (by volume) arising as Federal gov. wastes.

The Federal gov. plans to more than double Intermediate Level Wastes to produce a further 1,960 m 3 over next 40 years, with 1,850 m3 (95%) of that arising from ANSTO Lucas Heights operations.

SA faces a total of approx. 210 x B-Double truckloads of Federal gov. Intermediate Level Wastes in an agenda to more than double ANSTO’s 60 year stockpile of ILW over the next 40 years – all to be trucked or shipped into SA for indefinite above ground storage in regional SA.

 In Contrast: States/Territories hold approx. 105 m3 of largely historical Intermediate Level Wastes (ILW), with a Federal Review in 2014 projecting ‘only minor future ILW arising’. S/T’s ILW are set to fall from currently approx. 5% (by volume) to under 3% of ILW intended to be Stored in SA.

The proposed above ground Store in SA is primarily 95+ % for Federal gov. Nuclear wastes.

  1. See: Nuclear Brief (1/8/18) by David Noonan “Federal gov. names SA Ports to impose nuclear waste Shipments” https://nuclear.foe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/SA-Nuclear-Port-Brief-August-

Nuclear Safety Committee advice against dual handling transport for interim storage:

Nuclear Safety Committee (NSC) advice to the CEO of ARPANSA (Nov 2013) addresses Transport issues a way that clearly predicates against proposed Federal gov. indefinite above ground Storage of ANSTO irradiated nuclear fuel waste and Intermediate Level reactor wastes in regional SA.

 This NSC advice states that dual handling in transport associated with interim storage “does not represent international best practice” and raises “implications for security” and for safety, Noting that: “ANSTO already has comprehensive security arrangements in place” at Lucas Heights.

  1. Transport … The criteria of the Waste Guide “set out international best practice” (pp. 11); this promotes transport of ILW directly to a final storage or disposal facility rather than to interim storage at another facility, as is currently being proposed for the ILW generated from the reprocessing of HIFAR used nuclear fuel.

Thus, while transport of radioactive material has historically proved to have or present very low risks, it would appear that the dual handling and transport process associated with interim storage does not represent international best practice.

The Committee notes that the SAFETY GUIDE: Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2008 Radiation Protection Series Publication No. 2.1 recommends contact time with the waste should be kept short.

Dual handling also has implications for security, pursuant to RPS 11. Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources (2007). The Committee notes that ANSTO already has comprehensive security arrangements in place at its LHSTC site. (Emphasis added)

In: “Nuclear Safety Committee advice to CEO of ARPANSA regarding safety implications of waste stored in interim storage” (22 Nov 2013), see: http://www.arpansa.gov.au/pubs/nsc/nsc_iwsadvice.rtf

The Federal gov. must stop compromising Safety & Security in SA with their untenable nuclear waste Storage plan and accept Extended Storage of nuclear fuel waste & ILW at Lucas Heights. ANSTO has to take responsibility for its own nuclear waste and keep it secure at Lucas Heights.

The NRWMF Low Level disposal site is also 95+ % for Federal – primarily ANSTO waste:

Low Level radioactive wastes (LLW) are also to double (p.4) from 4,967 m3 of Federal gov. LLW to add 4.843 m3 over 40 years – with 4,685 m3 ( 97 % ) to arise from ANSTO Lucas Heights operations.

 Many hundreds of truckloads of ANSTO Low Level radioactive wastes are to be dumped in SA. An initial approx. 277 truckloads of existing LLW will come in to SA (reported at 10 m3 of LLW per truckload) with a projected further approx. 468 truckloads over next 40 years of ANSTO operations.

In Total: Toward 1,000 truckloads of ANSTO wastes could be dumped in SA over 40 yrs.

For further Information, see: https://nuclear.foe.org.au/waste & an updated Submission to Minister Canavan, at: https://nuclear.foe.org.au/noonan/by David Noonan B.Sc., M.Env.St.

November 11, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Kimba property values plunge, following plans for nuclear waste dump there

Zac Eagle Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/RangesSA  9 Nov 18 

 This is what happens to a property market when a town is going for a nuclear waste dump.

Kimba 28% down in 12 months.

November 10, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | 2 Comments

Protestors rally at South Australian Parliament against nuclear waste dump plan

Nuclear protesters converge at Parliament House https://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/5745040/nuclear-protesters-converge-at-parliament-house/, Marco Balsamo

November 8, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, Opposition to nuclear, South Australia | Leave a comment