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Australia Napandee chosen as nuclear waste storage site after 'six years of consultation'

02:16  29 november  2021
02:16  29 november  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The federal government formally chooses a site on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula for a long-planned radioactive waste storage facility. This is the best option on the table." "This is a facility that will last more than 100 years and it's important for the country." The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency, created to establish the Napandee facility, will start work on detailed designs. Napandee was chosen from a shortlist of three sites , including Lyndhurst, also near Kimba, and Wallerberdina, a property in the southern Flinders Ranges.

The waste , which comes from medicine, such as X-rays, is currently stored at more than 100 locations across the country, including at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in Sydney. "The Government requested the bill be referred to the committee, to give the Parliament and Napandee is a farm, just north of Kimba, on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. (ABC News: Gary-Jon Lysaght). Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation chairman Jason Bilney said the Senate should vote the bill down. "If the Government would only include traditional owners as a whole from

An artist's impression of the proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Kimba. (Supplied: Australian Government) © Provided by ABC NEWS An artist's impression of the proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Kimba. (Supplied: Australian Government)

The federal government has formally chosen a site on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula for a long-planned radioactive waste storage facility.

Napandee, a 211 hectare property near the town of Kimba, has been acquired by the government and will be used to store low and medium-level nuclear waste.

The property was already selected by the government but it had to allow an additional 60 days of consultation before it could formally declare the site.

"This is still the right decision at the right site," Resources Minister Keith Pitt said.

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A farming property on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula will become a nuclear waste dump, the federal government has announced, as opponents of the facility make a last-bid ditch to stop it. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan on Saturday said 160 hectares of the Napandee property in Kimba would host Australia's radioactive waste , the vast majority of which comes from the production of nuclear medicine and is held across more than 100 Mr Woolford says five years of consultation has taken its toll on the town and his group is calling on the federal government to abandon both sites .

Australia has declared that the national nuclear waste storage facility, more correctly referred to as a radioactive waste site , will be at Napandee , near Kimba, on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. The choice was widely expected as the government had already picked Napandee as its preferred site .

"It's certainly got all of the right geological requirements, we have majority support from the local community and we should never forget that this has taken 40 years and I understand some 16 ministers," he said.

"Fundamentally, for the local community of Kimba it's been over six years of consultation."

The consultation culminated in a ballot which showed just over 60 per cent of Kimba residents supported the project.

However, the Barngarla traditional owners opposed the project and said they were not included in the consultation.

They, and some landowners, have previously said they would seek a Supreme Court judicial review of the site selection process.

"That's a matter for them," Mr Pitt said.

"This has taken six years, there have been opportunities to work with the department, we've had submissions put forward from the... Barngarla people as well, and of course we consider what their issues and concerns are."

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'This will last more than 100 years'

He said on average, every Australian would need to use nuclear medicine at some point in their life.

"If we are going to use this technology, it produces low-level radioactive waste and we have to deal with it and store it. This is the best option on the table."

"This is a facility that will last more than 100 years and it's important for the country."

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency, created to establish the Napandee facility, will start work on detailed designs.

Napandee was chosen from a shortlist of three sites, including Lyndhurst, also near Kimba, and Wallerberdina, a property in the southern Flinders Ranges.

The ABC has contacted the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation for comment.

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