A nuclear waste dump is seen as a bonanza, by some citizens in Australia’s small rural towns, Kimba and Hawer

The reasons why some Kimba and Hawker residents want a nuclear waste dump are set out in their submissions to the Senate Inquiry  on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia ,    Almost every one of the the 40 supporting  submissions come from local residents,  several explaining that they have been very thoroughly informed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, including tours of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

These are some points that came up as they answered the Term of Reference, especially  (f) – Any related matters.

Survival of the town as reason to have the dump:  (submissions from Carpenter I, Carpenter D, Clements, Joyce, J, McInnis, J, Name Withheld, no 91, Stewart)

Opposition to misleading information from anti-nuclear activists (Joyce, J, Koch, D, McInnis, J) 

Need for dump for nuclear medicine (DIIS, SA ARPS)

Dump will have no negative impact (Lienert, M and M, Schmidt)

Dump good for local business (Kemp, SACOME)

Dump important for necessary expansion of Lucas Heights, (Heard,B)

Dump as beneficial to Australia,( Koch, K)

Very opposed to outsiders having a say (Hennessy, J)

Need detail on important financial benefits (Kimba District Council)

4 submissions spent time praising DIIS and ANSTO  (Ashworth, P , and Baldock B , Baldock H and ANSTO itself)

Needless to say, these pro nuclear submissions were almost unanimously in favour of the 5 Terms of reference – i.e that the financial compensation was OK,  the project has “broad community support”. indigenous people satisfactorily consulted, Community Benefit Program is fine, and community support should not be sought beyond the local area.

The few pro nuclear submissions that did not address those TORs are from – ANSTO. ORIMA, Orman, M, RDA Far North, SACOME) 

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One Response to “A nuclear waste dump is seen as a bonanza, by some citizens in Australia’s small rural towns, Kimba and Hawer”

  1. Ken Says:

    Such foolishness

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