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SUBMISSIONS TO SENATE INQUIRY 18

 

The Senate Inquiry  on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. has now 108  submissions published. 

Here are summaries of the submissions, listed alphabetically, as we go through them – first the summaries of those opposed to the process. 

  • Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA).  Adnyamathanha Traditional Land Association (ATLA) is the peak body for all matters relating to land, culture, heritage, language and native title for Adnyamathanha people.  ATLA has consistently and publicly opposed the dump plan  and several times voted against it. Primarily, ATLA opposed the dump because it would destroy the environment and with that the cultural and spiritual values of their people. ATLA is in partnership with IBA to purchase the Wilpena Pound Resort. (And this is an argument that might more readily be understood by stupid white males).  The Flinders Ranges, a world-class destination of beauty – will be ruined as a tourist destination, and employing mainly Aboriginal people, if the area becomes the place for a radioactive waste dump. Indigenous opposition to the plan has been disregarded: ATLA was not even approached until the project entered phase 2. The government has suspended federal environmental and Aboriginal heritage protections. The process is headed for the Federal government overriding the Aboriginal Heritage Act of South Australia.
  • Ashton, Leon.(No 73)  Leon Ashton lays bare Australian govt hypocrisy, double-talk, lies , in its process for selecting nuclear waste dump site. “I am not against having a LLW facility in Australia. I am against the way in which DIIS have gone about finding a quick fix for something that will affect all South Australians for centuries to come.  It should not be up to a small council area to overrule our Prohibition Act 2000, if we are to vote for something of such national importance.”He scrutinises the deception about Low Level Waste, when it’s clear that the facility is really for Intermediate Level Waste, and the conflict of interest in  Grant Chapman’s volunteering of his property. He explains the flawed nature of the community consultation process, and the threat to Flinders Ranges as iconic tourist location. He warns of forthcoming changes to “broad community support: as the deciding factor. My problem is a complete lack of trust with DIIS in the way in which they have treated ordinary people from Quorn, Hawker and Kimba
  • .Australian Hu.man Rights Commission predicts legal challenges that might stop nuclear waste dump plans for South Australia. “My problem is a complete lack of trust with DIIS in the way in which they have treated ordinary people from Quorn, Hawker and Kimba”
  • Barngarla native title holders do NOT support National Radioactive Waste Management Facility on their land – the nominated sites. They outline the chronology of consultation with Federal Government and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. They conclude that community consultation in relation to the site selection rocess for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) has been patently inadequate, bordering on non-existent.
  • Bohr, Katrina. Katrina Bohr is dissatisfied with the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility’s process for “Community Consultation”. She points out that Mr Frydenberg, Minister for Resources, publicly promised that wider views, (outside community zones) would be part of commitment to community consultation, but this is not happening. Indigenous opinion is opposed to the project. She touches on the issue of conflict of interest, regarding Grant Chapman, part owner of the proposed site at Barndioota.
  • Cameron, Scott.  Scott Cameron’s Submission to Senate finds process for selecting nuclear dump is misleading and faulty. I don’t believe it can be called a voluntary process when the nominator stands to receive a payment of four times the value of their land……The $2 million dollar community benefit fund can only be seen as a bribe for people to vote to go through to the next stage……., the affect that this could have on our exports hasn’t been taken into consideration at all….I have found them to be inconsistent and often misleading with their information…..I know that 2 Liberal party politicians were involved in land nominations both in Kimba and in Hawker and it would be interesting to see how many other Liberal associates have nominated around the country.
  • Cant, BrianBrian Cant Elected member District Council of Kimba finds a fatal flaw in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s push to get local Kimba and Hawker area residents’ agreement to hosting a nuclear waste dump –  no clear meaning of “broad community support”
  • Conservation Council South Australia – No adequate case has been made for the establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. No nominations should be accepted until the report from this Senate Inquiry has been released.  Conservation SA believes that there is a strong case for extended interim storage at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights reactor, particularly for the intermediate level waste created and already stored there.  They also question why all 3 sites selected are in South Australia – the State with specific legislation prohibiting nuclear waste dumping.  They are concerned about the financial aspects of the process, the vagueness around “Broad Community Support, Aboriginal opposition, and the lack of wider consultation. Opinions backed up with references.
  • Cushway, Gary. Gary Cushway (Sub no. 6) shows up the lack of indigenous support for nuclear waste dump. The ‘Community sentiment survey’ conducted by DISI in April 2016 recorded 3% support from the indigenous community for the Barndioota site to proceed to the next stage. He discusses conflict of interest due to the benefit money being offered, particularly in then case of the Flinders Ranges Council. ‘Broad support” calls for Sate and National State and National consultation, not just consultation with  a small local community area.
  • Day, Ellenor. Ellenor Day is concerned about conflict of interest in Barndioota nuclear waste site volunteered by Grant Chapman. Stating the numbers surveyed, she finds that the basis for which the government is stating they have broad community support for Barndioota is flawed. The very few Aboriginal supporters of the plan do not represent all Aboriginal people in the region. The communities of Hawker, Quorn, Cradock and Port Augusta should be consulted. Day calls for transparency:  members of the Barndioota Consultative Committee (BCC)  are paid allowances to sit on that committee. This situation should be stated clearly in their submissions to the Senate.
  • ENUFF makes a powerful case, criticising “community consultation”, sham “Aboriginal involvement”, and the deception over “medical waste” as the purpose of the dump. This is the best of several submissions to the Senate Inquiry, that I have read so far. It can be heavy going for the reader, because it is densely informative.  For a start, I have summarised some of the major arguments.
  • Environmental Defenders Office. The Environmental Defenders office shows up flaws in Department of Industry, Science and Innovation’s report on nuclear waste siting, to come to the conclusion that neither for Kimba nor for Barndioota is there “broad community support” for a federal nuclear waste dump. There is almost unanimous indigenous opposition to the Barndioota site. The conclude :   “All Australians should have the right to have a say on this issue. Furthermore communities along any transport routes need to be informed of the risks and consulted in relation to the proposed sites before any site is chosen. This is an essential part of ascertaining support for the project “.
  • Fels, Donald.  Pastoralist Donald Fels says that the Huge Lucas Heights nuclear site of  450 hectares is the appropriate place for the storage of nuclear wastes, whereas Barndioota, South Australia, is an agricultural area, watger short and at risk of flooding and earthquakes.  The consultation process was not fair and equitable .
  • Fels, Kay Kay Fels is a Flinders Ranges farmer. Her submission shows strong local knowledge of the Barndioota area. She’s concerned at the conflict of interest in the volunteering of the site. She opposes this site for nuclear waste dump because of effects on agriculture and tourism. The groundwater there is almost at surface level, at risk of radioactive pollution. The area is flood prone, and the site is on a severe fault line. Fels is scathing about the blanket of pro nuclear propaganda, the token consultative process, the “rubber-stamping” Consultative Committee, and the waffly evasive answers given to critics.
  • Fels, Philip. Philip Fels points out the lack of consultation with local Barndioota community in the nomination of the site proposed for nuclear waste dump. The Wilkatana Fault runs right up through this area, and and we have earth tremors weekly if not daily. The underground water table is at risk. Farming and tourism will be damaged by this project. “Our biggest worry of this process is the detrimental effect it will have and is already having on the local community as a whole.Along with my family we have never seen an event in this area cause so much angst and division in a once very proud close knit community which was the envy of many other communities.”
  • Fergusson, Dave. A Quorn resident disgusted at the hypocritical nuclear waste dump site process by Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science. In a refreshingly personal story, Fergusson lambasts the land nomination of Wallerberdina Station by Ex-Senator Mr Grant Chapman.  He exposes the hypocritical sales pitch by the Dept to an uninformed rural community. Fergusson was evicted from Hawker Community Development Board (HCDB)and Barndioota consultative Committee (BCC) meetings – for asking difficult questions, and for being an outsider – a Quorn resident. He exposes the hypocrisy of promises about jobs created by the nuclear waste dumping
  • Flinders Local Action Group Nuclear Waste Dump decision is a National matter – not just a local one. FLAG gives a detailed history of the inadequate and biased “community consultation” process. They question the financial aspects, and lack of public accountability for the money spent on propaganda for the waste dump, and the misleading use of “medicinal needs”to promote it. It should not be sited on Aboriginal land. It threatens the unique values of the Flinder scheme. ranges, environmentally, and as a tourist mecca.
  • Friends of the Earth spell it out on why Australia needs an Independent Commission of Inquiry into Australia’s Nuclear Waste Management. They question the alleged need for an off-site centralised nuclear waste facility, and recommend Lucas Heights as the scientifically best and safest site for interim waste storage. They condemn government misinformation and lack of clarity on types of nuclear waste. The National Radioactive Waste Management Act is grossly undemocratic and disempowers Traditional Aboriginal owners in multiple ways. “Community Consultation” is inadequate. Financial compensation pathetic in the long term. The government’s claims about job creation are implausible. This comprehensive submission is fully referenced and surely cannot be ignored by the Senate Committee.
  • Gaweda, Leszek,    Leszek Gaweda sets out 8 grounds for opposing the nuclear waste dump siting selection process. He begins with the conflict of interest in the nomination of the Kimba site by  by ex Liberal politician Mr Grant Chapman, in Parliament was a strong supporter of a centralised nuclear waste facility. Best practice in the world for storage nuclear waste is to store it as close as possible to the production site (Lucas Heights in this case) not thousands of kilometres away. He points out that the local community is unaware that the majority of the wastes will be intermediate to high level, and that the minority – low level short-lived medical wastes – do not need a central specialised facility. Gaweda supports the Aboriginal resistance to the plan. Issues of groundwater pollution, flooding, and seismic activity make the area unsuitable for a nuclear waste dump. South Australia has already rejected nuclear waste dumping, with the Nuclear Waste Facility Prohibition Act 2000.
  • Giles, Mnemosyne – MNEMOSYNE GILES’ powerful submission exposes the deceit in the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF)  plan. If the Senate Inquiry is really petty-mined, perhaps they might discard this one as “irrelevant to the guidelines”.  That would be a desperate tactic to avoid the deceit and pro nuclear bias that Giles exposes. She questions the very premise on which the NRWMF is based. She recommends that this Senate Inquiry lead on to a full independent Judicial inquiry into Australia,s radioactive nuclear waste and whether we should keep producing it. You just must read this one. Here’s a little taste:

    BROAD COMMUNITY SUPPORT  Why is the definition of this only now being questioned? For an honest straight forward process it should have been defined at the outset. Leaving it vague has caused uncertainty, confusion, and ultimately angst and division in previously harmonious districts..Whoever decided that small remote townships should be targeted to become willing hosts for the most toxic waste ever produced, and to make a decision which would affect all of us and future generations for thousands of years? South Australian land and people have already suffered contempt and abuse from nuclear /military actions and we will not accept disenfranchisement now. Both State and Federal Govts. (lab and Lib), ape the Finnish with a mantra of “not imposing” on any unwilling community. But this is disingenuous. Finland is a nuclear nation reliant upon nuclear power, so a small local community can have some sense that it is acting in the public interest in hosting a dump. Most Australians do not want Australia to be further implicated in the nuclear fuel cycle:this is probably why we are not being asked about this dump, or given the relevant information. This is not democracy. Finland also has very different geology, with plenty of water and has an absolute veto on the transport of nuclear material across its borders (which we do not have).

    This is not a local issue but a National and a State one.

  • Hannan, Chloe.  Chloe Hannan: community mental health is a serious issue that is ignored in the nuclear waste dump site selection process. The Minister and the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science insisted that a nuclear waste dump would not be imposed on a community, but they did not set any clear target for ‘broad community support”. Just over 50% support is not good enough, and the process has left the community divided and feeling powerless. No clear information on the promised payments, which have been used to influence community consent, Hanan explains how the opinions of neighbouring communities have been ignored.  The changing rules around the process increases the mental distress of local opponents of the waste dump plan.
  • Hughes, Eddie. Eddie Hughes MP- Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection Process is Deeply Flawed. (Submission No. 57) The trigger for the engagement process is at the heart of why this is a seriously flawed approach. The trigger for the Flinders Ranges site was totally centred on the action of one person. That person does not live in the region; he lives in Adelaide. He is an absentee landlord. This absentee landlord nominated Wallerberdina Station which is under a pastoral lease. The absentee landlord is Grant Chapman, a former Liberal Party Senator. The process adopted by the Federal Government did not call for communities to nominate a site; it called for individuals with land tenure to nominate sites, a bizarre approach which then left communities to react.  The nomination of Wallerberdina was marked and will always be marked by a complete lack of respect for the Adnyamathanha.  The nomination process in Kimba also centred on the actions of individuals and has also led to community division. Lucas Heights can easily accommodate the long-lived intermediate waste for decades to come. That is where the expertise is and that is  where the more serious waste is generated.  What has happened to date should become a case study in how not to do it.
  • Hunt, Darren and Kellie. Kimba farmers Darren and Kellie Hunt deplore the Australian government’s flawed process for selection of nuclear waste dump site. “We are farmers in the Buckleboo district of Kimba, where we live with our three young children. We are both active members of the Kimba community and have been dismayed at the ongoing division and stress this proposal had caused amongst community members.               Concerns we have include the lack of definition of what constitutes Broad Community Support, the use of financial incentive to coerce the community and the lack of consideration given to the potential implications to our agricultural industry.”
  • Independent and Peaceful Australia Network IPAN (SA) demands that the project receive 90% support from all communities involved. That includes communities along the nuclear waste transport path, those dependent on the underground water in the wider surrounding area, and indeed Sttae and national support. IPAN deplores the lack of transparency on the types of waste, and on the storage details. Aboriginal communities should receive the vservices and infrastructure that they need – not as a bribe for accepting nuclear waste.
  • Lienert, Leanne  In a very thoughtful submission Leanne Lienert is not necessarily opposed to nuclear waste dump, but very critical of the process. She questions the logisitics and location of such a site and the long term effects on vibrant farming/rural communities. .. those buying up land are also the ones now edging to gain financially from this current waste facility proposal.. the big picture cost of transporting radioactive waste from all over Australia to a small rural community doesn’t seem to be discussed in the consultation! Lienert details the many ways in which this process has divided the community. The Eyre Peninsula and the State of South Australia are involved and need to be consulted.  There are far too many discrepancies in the information, consultation process and long term impacts to have such a facility based at Kimba (or Hawker).  the consultation process has been an insult to the intelligence of rural people
  • Madigan, Michele.
    • Michele Madigan explains the dual nature of the government’s planned federal nuclear waste dump – i) a dump for LLW – placed there and never recovered or removed (most of this material will decay to background equivalent in 300 years) and

    (ii) a store for ILW to be kept above ground prior to being removed at a undefined future point by an undefined process to an unchosen site for promised deep burial (this material needs to be isolated from the wider environment for 10, 000 – 10K – years).

    Sr Madigan puts the case for the ILW being stored at Lucas Heights, where all security processes are already in place, until an independent agency can investigate the matter scientifically, without political bias. She also clearly explains the problematic nature of processes used to procure “community consent” regarding the indigenous community in particular.

  • Major, Justine.  Excellent one from Mrs Justine Major . Mrs Major is most concerned about the choice of farming land for a radioactive trash dump, and is very critical of the “community consultation” process.
  • McKenzie, Ken . Adnyamathanha tribal elder, Ken McKenzie, rejects pressure to agree to nuclear waste dumping at Wallerberdina. He has watched the government process, and the anguish that it has caused to his people. “We keep being told the dump may not be put on Wallerberdina Station if the community does not want it, but this has changed again as Mr Canavan said this will not necessarily be the deciding factor on his decision.” (Submission no. 78)
  • McKenzie, Regina. The Senate took a long time to publish this one – perhaps because they recognised it as the most important one? Ms McKenzie, a very well informed traditional indigenous owner of the selected are at Barndioota, focuses on on the cultural heritage rights and interests of identified traditional owners and the State/Federal obligations  regarding those rights. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) has ignored Australia’s commitment to United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous  Peoples. DIIS has poorly assessed Aboriginal cultural heritage, and engaged inappropriate consultants. Potential conflicts of interests in Grant Chapman’s nomination of the Barndioota site, and Key Hawker community representatives have not been addressed.
  • The Medical Association for Prevention of War calls for  for an independent inquiry into the production and management of Australia’s nuclear waste. They question THE EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE PRODUCTION FOR EXPORT.  The proposed expansion of medical isotope production needs genuine cost/benefit analysis to make sure this is not a heavily subsidised product being sold into the global market at the expense of the Australian community both now and in the future. ANSTO has a narrative of global shortages, yet given falling demand and increasing global supply there is no shortage of Mo99 . The NEA/OECD predict a significant oversupply. There is no plan whatsoever for disposal of the additional long lived ILW generated. They deplore the misleading information provided to the rural communities now targeted for the nuclear waste dump.
  • Mitchell, Colin.  Colin Mitchell’s powerful submission to the Senate finds the national radioactive waste selection process to be deceitful, with serious issues omitted. He recommens  a different process, run by an independent agency, not connected with ANSTO or ARPANSA.
  • Niepraschk, Anica.  Anica Niepraschk calls on the government to dismiss the Hawker and Kimba site nominations for nuclear dumping.  Ms Niepraschk investigated international processes for site selection, finding that c0-location with an existing nuclear facility [i.e. Lucas Heights] is the best option. She questions the genuineness of the community consultation, emphasises the opposition of indigenous people. In her attached report, she points out the undemocratic nature of the National Radioactive Waste Management Project (NRWMP) selecting sites in States, despite all States having laws prohibiting this
  • No Dump Alliance. South Australia’s No Dump Alliance Alliance is a broad cross-section of South Australian civil society, including Indigenous, public health, trade union, faith and environment groups, academics and concerned individuals. The Submission by South Australia’s No Dump Alliance clearly and powerfully covers the flawed process of “community support”, and states why the dump siting decision is a national matter, not just a local community one.  Aboriginal support would be crucial, but indigenous  people were not properly consulted, and in the main vehemently oppose the plan. With issues of safety/terrorism risks ignored, and “intermediate wastes” problems (stranded wastes) glossed over, the local community is not properly informed – more like bribed.  The supposed commercial value of the dump is far outweighed by the value of Flinders Ranges tourism .
  • NO RADIOACTIVE WASTE ON AGRICULTURAL LAND IN KIMBA OR SOUTH AUSTRALIA –  local residents, farmers and business owners –  240 financial members consist mainly of people from Kimba and the broader Eyre Peninsula oppose nuclear waste dumping on farming land. The community consultation process has been flawed, divisive and lacks honesty, fairness and transparency. They recommend that the Minister sets a definite % for broad community support. They offer to consult with the Senate Committee of Inquiry, and to provide further consultation with a hearing. Their submission attaches 7 relevant documents.
  • Noonan, David.  In a thoroughly referenced submission, David Noonan puts a compelling argument for the Senate Committee to recommend that this nuclear waste site selection process should end now. A Store in SA is unnecessary given the safe option of Extended Storage at Lucas Heights …..This Inquiry should find no manifest need for a nuclear waste Store in SA other than Federal agenda. There is no Safety, Licensing or technical reason to bring these nuclear wastes to South Australia.  The plan would necessitate requisition of an Eyre Peninsula Port for decades of intended shipments of ANSTO nuclear fuel waste, first due from the UK in circa 2020-21. The wastes would be stranded, above ground, for 100 + years, but with no plan for permanent underground disposal. An immediate adjoining property to the proposed site is an Indigenous Protected Area. The committee should find that nuclear waste dump siting on  Adnyamathanha country in the iconic Flinders Ranges is inappropriate and must stop forthwith.
  • Scott, Toni.  Toni Scott. In a submission with detailed facts and figures, and 5 attachments,  asks the question – Will the government hound the Kimba and Hawker communities until they support nuclear waste dumping?  She explains the reality that there is NOT community support for the nuclear waste dump, and that the Department of Industry, Science and Innovation has given no clear definition of what they mean by “broad community support”. She recommends that community support would need to be at least 70%, and that residents of the Eyre Peninsula and communities along potential freight routes should be consulted. South Australians should have the opportunity to have their say on the State Legislation prohibiting the building of any Radioactive Waste Facilities within our state.  Local communities should not have to bribed with promises of health and communication services that they should be entitled to, anyway. She deplores the biased composition of the  Kimba Consultative Committee, and the appointment of an openly pro nuclear  Community Liaison Officer. She demands clarity on the planned facility, type of radioactive trash and financial aspects.
  • Sisters of St Joseph find the Terms of Reference for Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dumping to be ‘grossly inadequate”. They point out the adverse financial risks of a nuclear waste dump set up in an agricultural area, the damage to tourism in the iconic Flinders Ranges. There is a lack of broad community support, and a disrespect for Aboriginal opinions and heritage. They ask the Senate to consider the long term consequences, for children, grandchildren and beyond.
  • Taylor, Anna. Anna Taylor: Lucas Heights is the appropriate place, with the technology and expertise, for temporary storage of nuclear wastes. “Without expansion Lucas Heights has the knowledge and expertise to manage this waste for decades to come until a permanent (not a temporary storage facility) solution is found. Operations at the Lucas Heights site are licensed for a further three decades, which has the highest concentration of people with nuclear expertise and radiation response capacity in Australia. ANSTO and ARPANSA have publicly identified storage at ANSTO as a credible and feasible option” “Community consultation” must include the Eyre Peninsula, all South Australians, and all populations along the transport route. The process was poor, and the people were not properly informed about the radioactive waste.
  • Thomas, Janette. Janette Thomas explains the biased nature of the “community consultations for Barndioota as the site for nuclear waste dumping. She notes the inadequate discussion of intermediate Level Wastes being included in this temporary dump – before there is any plan for their permanent disposal . She provides (in attachments) evidence of the seismic danger in the area, and also of flooding risks. She outlines the costs of this whole process of persuasion.
  • Tiller, Janet. Janet Tiller has deep concerns over this  plan to dump radioactive trash on agricultural land. Also over the lack of inclusion of the wider community, with whole of Eyre Peninsula farming area at risk of losing  its “ Clean Green” image. And at the pro nuclear bias in the committee formed to manage the grant money.
  • Tulloch, Bob. Bob Tulloch dissects Australian govt’s nuclear waste dump “community consultation” and finds it dishonest. Department of  Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) apparently aimed to change the boundaries, in order to  manipulate the outcome of  community surveys. It constantly used misleading vernacular – e.g. using phrase “65% not opposed, to imply 65% in favour. The financial incentives are unbalanced and questionable. He gives two telling examples of deceptive behaviour by DIIS, and shows up the waflly and misleading responses of Resources Minister Canavan.
  • Tulloch, Ruth.  Ruth Tulloch finds  “community consultation” by National Radioactive Waste Management to be no more than  ” a huge, expensive marketing exercise “. She relates her personal experience of the process, from the original meeting at the Quorn Town Hall back in early 2016, through the phone survey, and many months of unsatisfactory consultations, with biased and inadequate information given. Questions to the French expert, about groundwater risks, seismic danger, flooding – were quickly shut down. she suggests  Lucas Heights as a suitable area for this temporary facility. She queries the validity of the coming vote on siting the waste dump – will it be “an ambiguous question that is written to get an outcome favourable for the departments Selection process”
  • Tulloch, SueSue Tulloch’s scathing criticism of the federal nuclear waste dump process and shambolic Barndioota Consultative Committee. An untenable process, as former senator Grant Chapman, who does not live in Barndioota area, nominated his property, unbeknownst to those either next door to the Barndioota site boundary, or in the surrounding  areas. Barndioota survey was full of errors and unsubstantiated generalisations, questionable methodology and data obtained.  Responses to my personal communications and meeting with Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) were inadequate – my questions were not addressed. Shambolic role of the Barndioota Consultative Committee (BCC)  Public observers (myself and another) not especially invited as speakers by the DIIS, were very obviously not welcomed. After being told the whole days’ business could not proceed if we stayed,( an invidious position to be put in), we were individually, forcibly escorted out by the DIIS representative      What a farcical example of ‘ensuring the community is fully engaged! The BCC is  a marketing exercise to manufacture community consent. Wider Australian community should be consulted. Most South Australians are unaware.
  • Wakelin, Christine. Christine Wakelin is very sceptical of National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce’s methods and plans, especially the propaganda about nuclear medicine. She questions the assumptions about “community support”, is concerned about the effect on the region’s agricultural economy.
  • Walker. Barbara. Barbara Walker highlights the damaging impact of the waste dump on tourism, the flawed opinion surveys, harmful effects on Aboriginal people, and the illgality of the nuclear waste dump plan.
  • Wauchope, Noel. Noel Wauchope Submission for the public good. Stresses importance of generalist, not just “expert” opinion being considered. Notes that, with no discussion, South Australia is already assumed to be the location for the dump. “Community support”must involve the wider South Australian and Australian community. Queries the type of wastes – Low Level and Intermediate Level being lumped together.
  • Wetherby, Ken and Carole. Ken and Carole Wetherby demand that Eyre Peninsula remain ‘clean and green’. (Submission No.12) They emphasise the unique ability of the area to remain isolated from polluting industries, bounded as it is by Spencers Gulf, the Nullarbor Plain and pastoral land to the north. Essentially the ‘community benefit program’ is a bribe and that is what it should be called.   the level of community support required for acceptance should be set at a 2/3 majority- then stick to this figure – don’t ‘waffle. The establishment of a radioactive waste management facility at Kimba will have an effect on the whole of Eyre Peninsula, not just the Kimba Council area and we should all be allowed to have our say.
  • Whittenbury, Holly.  Holly Whittenbury on Nuclear dump siting- Aboriginal issues, tourism impact Ms Whittenbury strongly sees the siting decision as a State and National matter, not just a local one.  She highly values the opinions of  Adnyamathanha Indigenous groups, with their intrinsic connection to the land.  She warns on the tourism impact, and is strongly critical of the conflict of interest of nominations by white farmers, especially Grant Chapman.
  • No Nuclear Waste Dump in Flinders Ranges‘ Submission [not yet published on Senate website] impresses with a strong critique of the nomination and selection process, and lack of social licence. Reminds of the importance of environmental impacts, and of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Pro nuclear enthusiasm in Ben Heard’s submission to the Senate. Posing as a great environmentalist, Heard downplays the importance of safety risks, confines community involvement to the immediate local community, glosses over the very toxic wastes included, and the fact that wastes will be stranded with no permanent dump planned.

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