No Nuclear waste in South Australia!
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South Australians are facing a BIG decision.
In May 2016 a royal state commission into the nuclear fuel cycle recommended that South Australia open its door and accept the world's most dangerous industrial waste.
It wants South Australia to develop a nuclear port and keep high-level international nuclear waste above and below ground at multiple sites across the state, and it is prepared to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars to get the project up and running. The proposal is for South Australia to become the final destination for much of the worlds most dangerous and long-lived nuclear waste. This is material than needs to be isolated from people and the planet from communities and country for more than a hundred thousand years.
The proposal includes the construction of a hundred-million-dollar deep water port to transfer and intermediate level nuclear waste containers from ship to shore. the want to import a hundred and thirty-eight thousand tons of high level nuclear waste into South Australia over a 70 year period. That's 200 to 250 tons of high-level waste every month. The planned nuclear port would take a further 600 shipping containers per year of intermediate level nuclear waste. at the project's peak around 70,000 tons of high level waste would be stored above ground. The final plan is for large volumes of high and intermediate level nuclear waste to be buried in MULTIPLE underground sites across South Australia.
The scale of the proposal has been described as by the largest operation in existence and even the company employed by the royal commission to model the the plan has warned that this isn't a risk-free process. There is a very significant risk. the nuclear royal commission has already cost South Australians over 9 Million dollars.The South Australian government is currently spending another million dollars on consultation and promotion, but this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the drain on the public purse. the plan itself is estimated to cost 145 BILLION DOLLARS. its based on South Australian taxpayers spending 300 to 600 million dollars up front before any contracts with overseas company's assigned or
any site located. the International Atomic Energy Agency has noted that "no country has a geological repository for spent fuel or disposal neither have most countries decided on a final destination for spent fuel."
Buried- but not dead - this waste would be a threat to South Australia forever!
But there is a long list of expensive failed attempts around the world new plans are still years away from completion and many face strong community opposition. community consent to such a risky and permanent plan is absolutely essential but not at all guaranteed. people need to know about the plan and have the ability to say no to the proposal nothing about nuclear waste is easy. Australia's own 20 year search for national low and intermediate level nuclear waste dump has seen ever proposal target Aboriginal communities, and all have failed or are failing.
Australia has not responsibly solved it's own radioactive waste problem so it makes no sense to open the door to a much more severe global problem. South Australia means a lot to a lot of people and there is a lot at stake. Decisions we make today will affect all future South Australians. We are at the crossroads. South Australia could either become a global dump zone or the clean energy and advanced manufacturing capital of Australia. The jobs of the future will be these growth industries, not the decaying industries of the past. People who say South Australia's best hope is to take the worlds worst waste have got it completely wrong.
Social Consent is critical for any nuclear project to proceed and the fundamental question for South Australians are, "do we consent,and can we consent on behalf of all future generations?"
no amount of bad economic news for South Australia could ever make importing nuclear waste a good idea. South Australia is simply to good to waste. Our future is renewable, not radioactive.
Say NO to dumping nuclear waste in South Australia!
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