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Submissions close Friday on national radioactive waste project

Six sites across the country have been named as possible locations for the national radioactive waste facility. The public comment period on this proposal will run until 5pm AEDT this Friday March 11, 2016.

Community representatives from all of the six areas recently travelled to Canberra to meet face to face and stand united in calling for all of the sites to be scrapped due to local opposition. They are urging the government to halt the current site selection process and instead initiative an inquiry. A jointly prepared paper from the six sites is uploaded on the national waste dump page of the BNI website.

Radioactive waste production and management is a national issue and all interested people are encouraged to make a submission to the government process.

Tips for making a submission are on the Act! page of the BNI website.
Download the ‘Information for Communities’ leaflet produced by national environment groups here.  Please note that the Government has changed the PO Box address for submissions on the National Radioactive Waste Management Project since this information sheet was produced. The correct postal address is now:C/o The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
National Radioactive Waste Section
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601Further information about the project proposal is at the government website www.radioactivewaste.gov.au. This includes coordinates of the proposed sites and the online form for submissions.
To stay up to date on the site selection process subscribe to the BNI website  and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

March 3 Sydney Forum: Remembering Fukushima, Resisting Nuclear Waste Dumps

 

Remembering Fukushima, Resisting Nuclear Waste Dumps
Thursday March 3, 6:30-8pm
The Settlement, Redfern, 17 Edward Street, Darlington
(5 mins walk from Redfern Train Station)

Public forum to commemorate 5 years since Fukushima and discuss other current nuclear issues.

Speakers include:
-Robyn Rayner, neighbour to proposed Hill End national radioactive waste facility (Central West NSW)
-Burraga Gutya (Uncle Ken Canning), Murri poet and writer
-Uncle Raymond Finn, Wangkangurru man from SA
-Professor Richard Broinowski, Author of ‘Fallout from Fukushima’
MC Natalie Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative

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March 11 marks five years since the start of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan. Reactors fuelled with uranium from Australia melted down after damage from the earthquake and tsunami, resulting in the displacement of more than 160 000 people.

It is also the closing date for submissions to the federal government on the proposal for a national radioactive waste facility at one of six sites including Hill End, located on Wiradjuri Country in the Central West of NSW.

Uranium Free NSW is hosting this forum to share updates on the Hill End proposal and Fukushima disaster as well as other nuclear industry activities across the state and country.

Nuclear advocates attempt to promote nuclear power as clean and green and a solution to the climate crisis, yet it is clear that every stage of the nuclear chain contaminates land and affects the health and well being of communities.

It is time to break the nuclear chain.

Come along to commemorate five years since Fukushima and join Uranium Free NSW in calling for a future that is renewable not radioactive.

 

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National radioactive waste dump proposal

Six sites around the country have been shortlisted to host a national radioactive waste facility. Public comment on the proposal, called the National Radioactive Waste Management Project, closes on March 11, 2016. You can make a submission via the government website, which also has an address for postal (and video) submissions.

Communities in each of the six areas shortlisted to potentially host the national facility are campaigning to be taken off the list. Visit their facebook pages via the links below and visit the national waste dump page for further information.

Hill End  |  Kimba  |  Omanama  |   Hale

Don’t nuclear waste Australia: community gathering to witness waste shipment.

The first shipment of nuclear waste returning from overseas reprocessing is due to arrive in Port Kembla (Wollongong) in the first week of December.

The Maritime Union of Australia (Illawarra Branch), South Coast Labour Council and Beyond Nuclear Initiative are organising a community gathering to witness the shipment being unloaded and transported to Lucas Heights for extended interim storage.

The BBC Shanghai is scheduled to arrive Friday 9:00am but may not berth then. We will hold the community gathering at Saturday 1pm and expect the waste transport from the Port to Lucas Heights to begin just before midnight that evening.

 

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The radioactive material was produced at the Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor in Sutherland Shire and sent overseas for reprocessing, whereby uranium and plutonium are extracted. The returning waste is classified long-lived intermediate level waste and must be isolated from people and the environment for thousands of years.

Radioactive waste is a risk to workers who are handling the materials and people living along the proposed transport routes. However, while the nuclear reactor is still operating, extended interim storage at Lucas Heights is considered by many as the ‘least-worst’ option. It is a secure federal facility with the concentration of Australia’s nuclear expertise.

The federal government’s plan to transport this waste in five years to one of six shortlisted sites is irresponsible and unnecessary. Communities at all of the proposed locations oppose the plan and once this waste is back at Lucas Heights, it should stay there where it will be front of mind, rather than out of sight in a regional or remote area.

Radioactive waste is an intractable problem and the first principle of management must be minimisation- stop producing it.

A Royal Commission in South Australia is currently examining the possibility of importing international high-level waste, but we will not allow this shipment to be the start of increased transports or an expansion to the nuclear industry in Australia.

Join us at Port Kembla to say: Don’t nuclear waste Australia.

Radioactive Waste: Information for communities

Download Radioactive waste information leaflet (highres)

Download Radioactive waste information leaflet (lowres)

A shortlist of sites to be considered for hosting the first national radioactive waste facility has now been announced.

Three proposed sites are located in South Australia – Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie, and Barndioota and the others are Hale in the Northern Territory, Sally’s Flat in New South Wales and Oman Ama in Queensland.

This information sheet (linked above and displayed below) has been produced by a number of state and national environment groups with support from public health organisations.

Please download it (click links above) and share the information with family, friends and contacts in affected areas.

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