ALP Nuclear Waste Policy

ALP Nuclear Waste Policy

The current federal government plan is to locate a national radioactive waste facility (NRWMF) in regional SA.

For several decades, there has been a federal bipartisan approach to the search for a site to dispose of Australia’s radioactive waste.  All that has been achieved so far however, is stress and division in the affected communities.

Responsible radioactive waste management is a national issue that requires national scrutiny. Join the call for the federal Labor party to adopt a policy of extended interim storage of federal wastes at federal sites (in particular, the main source of the waste - the Lucas ...

The current federal government plan is to locate a national radioactive waste facility (NRWMF) in regional SA.

For several decades, there has been a federal bipartisan approach to the search for a site to dispose of Australia’s radioactive waste.  All that has been achieved so far however, is stress and division in the affected communities.

Responsible radioactive waste management is a national issue that requires national scrutiny. Join the call for the federal Labor party to adopt a policy of extended interim storage of federal wastes at federal sites (in particular, the main source of the waste - the Lucas Heights site south of Sydney operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) pending a broad independent inquiry that examines all options for future responsible radioactive waste, transport and storage and management.

Please contact your federal ALP member and Senators and ask them to support a resolution to end to the current process and for responsible radioactive waste management in Australia.

Tips on contacting Senators and members can be found here.

 

 

 

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Call federal ALP Senators and MPs

Please contact your federal Labor MP and Senators and urge them to adopt a policy of keeping the waste where it is pending a broad independent inquiry that examines all options for future responsible radioactive waste, transport and storage and management at their upcoming national conference.

 

  • State your name and where you live!
  • The current federal government plan is to locate a national radioactive waste facility (NRWMF) in regional SA.
  • I am calling to urge the federal Labor Party to adopt a policy of keeping the waste where it is until a comprehensive, independent inquiry of all options for future responsible radioactive waste, transport and storage and management is done.
  • There are two sites under consideration near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one near Hawker ...
  • State your name and where you live!
  • The current federal government plan is to locate a national radioactive waste facility (NRWMF) in regional SA.
  • I am calling to urge the federal Labor Party to adopt a policy of keeping the waste where it is until a comprehensive, independent inquiry of all options for future responsible radioactive waste, transport and storage and management is done.
  • There are two sites under consideration near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges. Traditional Owners in both areas are strongly opposed and there is deep community concern and opposition. The federal plan is for a facility to dispose of low-level waste and to store long-lived intermediate level waste pending a future and separate disposal plan. The federal plan is inconsistent with international best practice, based on double-handling of intermediate level waste and is increasingly being driven by politics, not by science or need.
  • The federal nuclear regulator ARPANSA has stated that the most serious waste, produced by ANSTO at the Lucas Heights reactor near Sydney, is safe where it is and there is no urgent need to move it.
  • I believe that the waste currently produced and stored at Lucas Heights should be stored there until a permanent disposal solution is identified.  There is no need to move it twice.
  • Regardless of whether Minister Canavan selects a site in the near future, this issue will at some point become the responsibility of the ALP.  As nuclear issues are a trigger for the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, once a site is selected, the matter will referred to the Federal Environment Minister for approval. Following environmental approval, two separate licensing processes (one for the disposal of LLW and one for the long term storage of ILW) will be undertaken by ARPANSA, along with a community consultation process.
  • For several decades, there has been a federal bipartisan approach to the search for a site to dispose of Australia’s radioactive waste.  All that has been achieved so far however, is stress and division in the affected communities.
  • Sites at Leonora in WA and Brewarrina in NSW have also been nominated.  Minister Canavan has said that he will not progress either nomination until the current consultation process for the three sites in SA is finalised.  Continuing the current flawed process in Leonora or Brewarrina will only repeat the problems caused in SA and bring Australia no closer to responsible radioactive waste management.
  • At the recent South Australian ALP conference a solid motion regarding this issue was passed. It noted support for Traditional Owners, acknowledgment of the issues associated with the current proposal to co-locate low and intermediate level waste and support for workers who would have to deal with the risks in construction, operation or transport jobs associated with the project. The motion also noted support for civil society's call for an independent inquiry that examines all options for responsible radioactive waste management.
  • If federal Labor adopted a policy like that of SA Labor, we believe it would provide a circuit breaker and help towards solving the serious problem of how to best manage our radioactive waste.
  • Responsible radioactive waste management is a national issue that requires national scrutiny. I call on the federal Labor party to adopt a policy of extended interim storage of federal wastes at federal sites pending a broad independent inquiry that examines all options for future responsible radioactive waste, transport and storage and management.
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