The short sighted greed behind South Australia’s nuclear waste import idea

Kenyon, Tom MPMr Kenyon, now a backbench MP, refused to comment on the report.

The Sunday Mail understands it was not presented to Cabinet but became instrumental in prompting the current Royal Commission into the potential for the nuclear fuel cycle to revive the SA economy.

The report found there needed to be a good public relations campaign to convince people of the safety of the plan, and that money raised should be spent on infrastructure like the SA leg of a high speed rail to Melbourne.

It also proposed a model in which SA generate more money by leasing yellowcake mined here and taking it back as waste, and as a trade off people be guaranteed there will be no nuclear power plants in SA.


Nuclear waste dump should be first cab off the rank, report finds by: MILES KEMP From: Sunday Mail (SA) Originally published as Nuclear dump could be key to our riches August 01, 2015  Available on The Australian website
 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nuclear-waste-dump-should-be-first-cab-off-the-rank-report-finds/story-e6frg6n6-1227466384020

A BRIEFING paper delivered to the State Government recommended the state accept Taiwan’s nuclear waste, access that nation’s $10 billion disposal fund and establish an Outback nuclear waste dump to revive the economy.

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As the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission explores the option to help solve SA’s jobs crisis, the Sunday Mail has obtained a copy of a report prepared for former Employment and Science Minister Tom Kenyon which argues the case for a waste dump near Woomera.

“There is clear potential for South Australia to benefit economically, revitalising the state economy and providing residents with potentially unprecedented levels of prosperity and investment, while inaction will merely result in a further decline of services and infrastructure,” the document prepared last year said.

“Importing high-level waste from countries overseas presents a lucrative economic opportunity for South Australia to develop strategic partnerships with nations providing the most advantageous relationships for the state and Australia.

“Establishing a nuclear waste repository may create potential for South Australia to benefit economically, revitalise South Australian production of services and infrastructure and significantly improve levels of investment in the state.’’

The report, which ended up in the MP-only Parliamentary Library, recommends SA approach Taiwan and Japan because they are too geologically unstable to store the nuclear waste they generate, as well as Korea, which has 10,000 tonnes in temporary storage, and is projected to have 110,000 tonnes by the year 2100.

Mr Kenyon, now a backbench MP, refused to comment on the report.

The Sunday Mail understands it was not presented to Cabinet but became instrumental in prompting the current Royal Commission into the potential for the nuclear fuel cycle to revive the SA economy.

The Government has not declared a position on the potential for a nuclear industry, and will not make a submission to the Royal Commission it instigated.

But the report found the risks associated with transporting high-level waste to a nuclear dump in SA would be worth it economically.

“Confidence in the economic future of South Australia is diminishing, indicative of a need to diversify the South Australian economy beyond the mining industry in order to improve the state’s short-term budget projections and minimise the detrimental effect of future financial crises and a fluctuating Australian dollar,’’ the report states.

The site of the dump would be near Woomera, the most geologically stable in SA, and it would accept 1000 tonnes of waste per year.

The report found there needed to be a good public relations campaign to convince people of the safety of the plan, and that money raised should be spent on infrastructure like the SA leg of a high speed rail to Melbourne.

It also proposed a model in which SA generate more money by leasing yellowcake mined here and taking it back as waste, and as a trade off people be guaranteed there will be no nuclear power plants in SA.

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