Australia must face up to the reality that its radioactive trash that originated in Lucas Heights must come back to this country. It’s not a large amount, and probably could be safely stored at Lucas Heights.
Relatively safely, that is, because it will remain toxic for thousands of years.
Australians need to wake up to the distinction between this situation, of legal obligation to have wastes
returned, and the cranky South Australian plan to be the only nation in the world to actually INVITE in the world’s radioactive trash.
In a reasonable world, in which future generations are considered, the sane thing to do is to shut down the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, and stop making this trash.
The cry will rise up – “medical benefits, blah blah”. Well the medical isotope thing was the fig leaf tacked on to the nuclear reactor. Medical isotopes can be made by a speciaLised cyclotron, as is being done in Canada. Sure, that’s expensive, FOR THIS GENERATION. The current system’s plan is to pass on the costs to our grandchildren and beyond. So yes, it LOOKS cheaper.