Let's end the toxic trade

Uranium mining and radioactive waste pollutes our air, soil and water. It can damage the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and people. There is no secure, long-term solution to cope with the millions of tonnes of radioactive wastes from mining operations, or the more risky and longer lived radioactive waste from power stations.

Right now plans to ship, store and bury national radioactive waste are being explored on Aboriginal country in South Australia. Even after South Australians rejected a plan for SA to house international nuclear waste. 

Around one-third of the world’s uranium reserves are found in Australia. All of our uranium is exported. In Western Australia, Aboriginal communities oppose proposals to let companies mine uranium on their country. All of Australia’s operating uranium mines have a history of leaks, spills and accidents – and none have ever been properly rehabilitated.

Clean energy, nuclear free

Australia has a significant role and responsibility in the international nuclear debate.

Our energy future is not nuclear – it’s sun and wind powered. Uranium, coal, oil, and gas are the old world. Sun, wind and waves are the new world. Clean energy can scale to power our cities and it’s already happening.

We have consistently opposed uranium mining, highlighting its threats to our land, water, Indigenous cultures and local communities. For two decades successive governments have tried to impose radioactive waste on unwilling remote communities. Waste plans for Muckaty in the Northern Territory were shelved after sustained Aboriginal and community opposition. We stand with Aboriginal and rural communities who are concerned about plans to pollute their air, soil and water.

Decisions on handling radioactive waste last longer than this generation.

We facilitate a continuing public debate about the risks and responsibilities of our involvement in the global nuclear trade. We can address our energy needs, leaving uranium in the ground. We want responsible management of existing radioactive waste and an active transition away from producing more.

South Australia is too good to waste. #nuclearfree #yourSAynuclear #DontDumpOnSA www.acf.org.au/waste

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Read the latest news, and find the actions you can take to make Australia nuclear free.

News | 29 July 18

Overnight export of nuclear waste through Sydney highlights need for proper management regime

The Federal Government has not solved the complex management issues with nuclear waste, merely bought some time.


No radioactive waste dump in Kimba or Flinders Ranges

Petitioning South Australian Premier Steven Marshall

News | 21 June 17

Treaties Committee nuclear fast-track cuts corners and lacks evidence

Propping up nuclear research is not consistent with clear action to address nuclear non-proliferation, energy transition or climate change.

News | 14 June 17

Ukraine uranium sales plan: Unreasonable, unstable and unsafe

Australia, the nation that fuelled Fukushima, should not sell uranium to the country that gave us Chernobyl.

News | 09 June 17

Huge nuclear free win – we stopped the global dump

A huge win for people power over toxic power!

News | 07 June 17

Global radioactive waste dump plan is "dead"

ACF welcomes waste dump dumping.