Relief: Lucas Heights radioactive trash will go to Northern Territory, not stay in Sutherland Shire

Oscar-wastesFederal Budget 2014: Radioactive waste funding relief St George & Sutherland Shire Leader May 17, 2014 THE federal budget provides $22.6 million to develop detailed design options for a national radioactive waste management site at a location outside Sutherland Shire.

This is the first firm indication that the Coalition government will press ahead with plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage.

It is expected to be welcomed by Sutherland Shire Council, which opposes plans for a temporary storage site to be built at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights.

It is thought the federal government is considering several sites in the Northern Territory……The allocation of $22.6 million over three years for the design of the permanent nuclear storage site comes under the federal Department of Industry budget.

ANSTO also received a $654 million, four-year funding allocation under the budget.

This includes $76.6 million over five years for the OPAL reactor at Lucas Heights — Australia’s only nuclear research reactor…….


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