PLAN FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP NEAR KIMBA, SA
June 2017 – Click here to read a joint submission opposing plans for a national nuclear waste dump on farming land in Kimba, SA.
Feb. 2020: 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 don’t want a nuclear dump in their backyard any more than you or I, but have been won over by the promise of a $30 million grant and 45 jobs at the proposed dump.
They want basic services that ought to be available without having to provide a home to Australia’s most toxic waste.
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.
Click here to sign the petition to stop the dumping of nuclear waste on Barngarla Country.
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).
The missing part of the jigsaw puzzle is the SA government. It would be unwise for the Premier Steven Marshall to ignore the opposition of a majority of South Australians.
It would be unconscionable for the Premier to allow the federal government to proceed in the face of unanimous Traditional Owner opposition.
And it would be both unwise and unconscionable for the Premier to claim that his hands are tied because of the power wielded by the federal government. Then Premier Mike Rann fought long and hard against the plan to impose a national nuclear waste dump in SA, and eventually convinced the Howard government to back down.
The state government must take any and all political and legal steps possible to once again convince Canberra that South Australians have greater ambitions for our state than to be someone else’s nuclear waste dump.
PLAN FOR A NATIONAL NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP IN SA – GENERAL INFO
Proposed national nuclear waste dump in SA – Friends of the Earth submission to Senate Inquiry (May 2018)
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.
Mismanagement of nuclear waste in Australia (Radium Hill, Port Pirie, Maralinga, Woomera)
THE UNDEMOCRATIC, RACIST NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT
‘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 – 17 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.
SPENT FUEL FROM LUCAS HEIGHTS
ABANDONED PLAN FOR LONG-LIVED INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORE 2001-04
DEFEATED PLAN FOR NATIONAL DUMP AT MUCKATY, NT (2005-14)
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)
FoE submission to 2010 Senate Inquiry (regarding Muckaty nuclear dump plan and the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill)
DEFEATED PLAN TO DUMP IN SA UNDER HOWARD GOVERNMENT (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
Jim Green website archive
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
For more information, check the radioactive waste section on the links page.