"As people from all across Australia, we call on the federal government and Resources Minister Keith Pitt to keep the radioactive waste securely stored at Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation purpose-built facility and out of our regional communities, including Kimba, South Australia.
The waste cannot be dumped on our communities until a credible long-term solution is found."
Resources Minister Keith Pitt is committed to a deeply flawed national plan to dump radioactive waste in one of our regional communities – most likely the town of Kimba in South Australia.
Radioactive waste risks our air, soil and water. It damages the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and people. And this waste lasts for up to ten thousand years.
Our communities should not be at risk at being exposed to something so dangerous.
95% of Australia’s most serious radioactive waste is currently managed at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Lucas Heights site in southern Sydney.
This is the best place to store our worst waste until a lasting solution is adopted.
Dumping the waste in a regional community, and double handling it is unnecessary and irresponsible – especially as our federal nuclear regulator has confirmed it can be safely stored at ANSTO ‘for decades to come’.
The federal plan also lacks a fair process and consideration.
Barngarla Traditional Owners were excluded from a Kimba community ballot, and after previously being ruled out as a potential waste site by the government, the Flinders Ranges is back on the table as a possible location for the waste facility.
Instead, let's call on the Minister to embrace evidence-based, responsible waste management.
Sign the open letter now asking Resource Minister Keith Pitt to keep the radioactive waste sealed away and out of our communities.