PLAN FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP NEAR KIMBA, SA
October 2022: Briefing paper by David Noonan on radioactive waste inventory: the Kimba dump is for ANSTO waste
April 2022: Briefing paper by David Noonan: ARPANSA confirms intermediate-level nuclear waste storage at Lucas Heights can continue for decades up to the availability of a final disposal facility … which is a much better idea than storing it above-ground on farmland at Kimba, SA.
Jan. 2022: Nuclear Waste and Floods
December 2021: Great new report on the plan for a national nuclear waste dump near Kimba in South Australia, from the Conservation Council of SA.
November 2021: The government formally declared the Kimba site for a national nuclear waste dump, and acquired the dump … but there’s still a long battle ahead! See here for information.
October 2021 update
Legislation passed the federal parliament earlier in 2021 which will likely result in a site near Kimba being formally nominated for a national nuclear waste dump by the end of 2021. See the joint media release from Barngarla Traditional Owners and Kimba farmers here; and see the Friends of the Earth media release here.
However, the nomination will be subject to a judicial challenge by Barngarla Traditional Owners, who are unanimous in their opposition to the proposed nuclear dump.
As of Oct. 2021, the government is undertaking a sham consultation process which it hopes will shield it from adverse findings in a judicial challenge. The Friends of the Earth submission is posted here.
Some things you can do to help stop the imposition of the proposed nuclear dump:
- Donate to the Barngarla crowdfunder to fund a legal challenge (judicial review).
- Sign the Barngarla petition
- Sign the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) petition
- Join the Adelaide-based ‘Don’t Dump on SA’ group, we meet on zoom every Tuesday (or sometimes every second Tuesday). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0417 318 368
- Please put your name to this letter to all non-government SA Senators asking them to oppose the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill: www.conservationsa.org.au/no_place_for_nuclear_waste. If you would like to contact Senators directly, you can find their contact details at this link.
- Please write to SA Premier Steven Marshall asking him to oppose the federal government’s imposition of a nuclear waste dump and to uphold the SA Nuclear Waste Facility (Prohibition) Act. You can email the Premier at email@example.com.
August. 2020 update:
A site near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula has been selected for a national nuclear waste dump.
The local community is divided. Those in favour have been won over by the promise of a $30 million grant and 45 jobs at the proposed dump. The $30 million grant won’t change Kimba’s fortunes given that the nuclear dump will operate for 300 years ‒ it’s peanuts measured over that timeframe. The claim that 45 jobs will be created is a fabrication. When the Howard government tried to impose a dump in SA, they said that no jobs would be created. In recent years, the government claimed 15 jobs, then the number magically tripled last year.
Fifty-five percent of eligible Kimba voters voted in favour of the nuclear dump in a ballot held last year ‒ well short of the 65% benchmark that the government set to establish ‘broad community support’.
Shamefully, the federal government refused a request from Barngarla Traditional Owners, native title holders of the area, to be included in the ballot. So the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC) engaged an independent ballot agent to conduct a confidential postal ballot.
Not a single Barngarla Traditional Owner voted in favour of the dump. BDAC wrote to Mr. Canavan calling on him to abandon the nuclear dump in light of their unanimous opposition, and stating that BDAC will take whatever steps are necessary to stop the dump being imposed on Barngarla Country against their will.
The SA Labor Party argues that Traditional Owners ought to have a right of veto. Deputy Leader of the Opposition Susan Close says that SA Labor are “utterly opposed to the process”, which she described as “appalling”.
Compare that to the federal government, which seems to want to push ahead despite unanimous Aboriginal opposition. The government’s mind-set seems not to have advanced from the ‘Aboriginal natives shall not be counted’ clause in the Constitution Act 1900.
Opposition extends far beyond the Traditional Owners. A 2018 poll found that 55% agreed that “South Australia should stop the Federal Government from building a national nuclear and radioactive waste dump in outback SA” while 35% disagreed. Those who strongly agreed with stopping the dump outnumbered those who strongly disagreed by a factor of three (41:14). A 2015 poll commissioned by the Advertiser found just 15.7% support for a nuclear waste dump.
Read a briefing note by David Noonan (July 2021)
2020 UPDATES ON SA (KIMBA) DUMP PLAN
Nuclear waste law could extinguish native title without owners’ consent, Senate committee says, ABC, 27 Feb 2020
Barngarla Traditional Owners: South Australia nuclear waste dump could face roadblock in Senate (Guardian article)
Friends of the Earth letter sent to all SA Liberal MPs, Feb. 2020, online here.
Kimba nuke decision dumps on Indigenous rights
June 2017 – Click here to read a joint submission opposing plans for a national nuclear waste dump on farming land in Kimba, SA.
PLAN FOR A NATIONAL NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP IN SA – GENERAL INFO
New Report questions nuke dump economic case, as Govt ballot postponed (20 August 2018)
Exposing the government’s deceitful claim that 45 jobs will be created at a radioactive waste facility in SA.
August 2018 – federal government targeting SA ports for return of long-lived intermediate-level reprocessing wastes returned from Europe
Proposed national nuclear waste dump in SA – Friends of the Earth submission to Senate Inquiry (May 2018)
Summaries of submissions to 2018 Senate Inquiry re proposed national nuclear waste dump
Fires and radioactive waste repositories
Nuclear medicine and the proposed national radioactive waste dump
NT Dump – the thin edge of the wedge (same arguments apply to current – 2018 – dump proposals)
Radioactive Waste Management in Australia: The Case for an Independent Commission of Inquiry — Detailed paper written by Jim Green (FoE), Nat Wasley (Beyond Nuclear Initiative) and Dave Sweeney (ACF). See also the shorter 2018 paper: Advancing responsible radioactive waste management in Australia.
Managing Australia’s radioactive waste – need for an independent Commission of Inquiry – 2014 article in Online Opinion
‘Community consent’ without community? Anica Niepraschk in Online Opinion, Feb 2016
Can Australia learn from international experience in managing radioactive waste? Anica Niepraschk
ACF – July 2015 – ‘Wasting Time? International lessons for managing Australia’s radioactive waste’ – detailed briefing paper by Anica Niepraschk
Disgraceful mismanagement of radioactive waste at Woomera
Mismanagement of nuclear waste in Australia (Radium Hill, Port Pirie, Maralinga, Woomera)
THE UNDEMOCRATIC, RACIST NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT
The National Radioactive Waste Management Act – undemocratic legislation should be dumped
NUCLEAR TRANSPORT ISSUES & RISKS
Napandee nuclear waste dump nomination also targets Whyalla port
‘Responsibility overboard: the shocking record of the company shipping nuclear waste to Australia’, Natalie Wasley, 14 August 2018, Online Opinion.
Nuclear transport risks – July 2016 – 18 pages
DEFEATED PLAN FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP IN SA’s FLINDERS RANGES
This proposal was abandoned by the federal government in Dec. 2019 following a ballot which found majority local opposition.
29 April 2016 statement from Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners – their land in the Flinders Ranges has been targeted for a national nuclear waste dump
29 April 2016 solidarity statement from other short-listed communities in support of Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners
Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners – November 2015 statement re proposed national dump in Flinders Ranges (webpage or PDF)
Tourism and the proposed dump in the Flinders Ranges
David Noonan – Jan 2017 Briefing Paper – Nuclear waste store threatens Flinders Ranges
Cultural Landscape Mapping of the Yappala Group of Properties, Flinders Ranges
SA Government: Hydrogeological assessment of Hookina Spring (Pungka Pudanha), Flinders Ranges
Conservation Council of SA and other NGOs – 4-page briefing paper – August 2015 (PDF)
FoE print-friendly 2-page infosheet – July 2015 – Australian radioactive waste issues (Word file)
SA Premier Weatherill silent while Flinders Ranges threatened
Indigenous Protected Areas at risk
Facebook: Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA
SPENT FUEL FROM LUCAS HEIGHTS
Reprocessed nuclear waste returns to NSW from France
ABANDONED PLAN FOR LONG-LIVED INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORE 2001-04
The Howard government abandoned an effort to advance deep underground disposal of long-lived intermediate-level waste in 2004. Since then no effort has been made to advance disposal of intermediate-level waste in Australia (as of March 2023). Information on the Howard government’s ‘National Store Project’ can no longer be found on government websites. Info available from firstname.lastname@example.org
DEFEATED PLAN FOR NATIONAL DUMP AT MUCKATY, NT (2005-14)
Muckaty Traditional Owners defeat Lib-Lab-NLC dump plan (June 2014)
‘Our heart jiggled with joy’ – Muckaty Traditional Owners celebrate one year since historic nuclear dump decision
Articles on Muckaty / NT nuclear dump debate
NT dump Briefing Paper – February 2011 (PDF) – FoE response to inaccurate federal government briefing to local council/s regarding proposed radioactive waste facility and related transport issues (Word file or read online)
PowerPoint – Proposed NT dump – Sept 2011 – saved as a PDF file
NT Dump – the thin edge of the wedge
FoE submission to 2010 Senate Inquiry (regarding Muckaty nuclear dump plan and the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill)
FoE submission to 2005 Senate inquiry re proposed NT dump (Word file)
DEFEATED PLAN TO DUMP IN SA UNDER HOWARD GOVERNMENT (1998-2004)
The Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta and the proposed radioactive waste dump in SA: 1998-2004
The successful campaign against nuclear dumping in SA 1998-2004
Michels Warren and Nuclear Waste Dumping in SA (case study of a PR company spinning for the nuclear industry 1999-2004)
Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta, Irati Wanti website
NSW Parliament – Joint Select Committee into the Transportation and Storage of Nuclear Waste, 2004, www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/nuclearwaste or click here
Jim Green website archive
Federal Government ‒ click here and here
DEFEATED 2015/16 PLAN TO TURN SOUTH AUSTRALIA INTO THE WORLD’S NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP
Please click through to this webpage
GLOBAL PROBLEMS WITH NUCLEAR WASTE
Please click through to this webpage.
For more information, check the radioactive waste section on the links page.