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Open letter:

"As people from all across Australia, we call on the federal government and Resources Minister Madeleine King to stop the double-handling and relocation of radioactive waste to a highly contested regional facility proposed near Kimba in regional South Australia.

The Intermediate Level Waste should remain where it is securely stored at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation's Lucas Heights facility, pending the outcome of an open review of future management options to identify a credible long-term solution. It's time for us to advance responsible waste management that keeps communities and nature safe."

A waste dump in Kimba would be bad news

The Morrison Government committed to a deeply flawed national plan to dump radioactive waste in one of our regional communities – near 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 face such an intergenerational burden, especially when most have not had a say and the Barngarla Native Title holders are explicitly opposed to the plan.

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.

Storing 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’. 

As well as lacking a clear rationale, the federal plan inherited from the Morrison government is also deficient in relation to community consultation and consent Barngarla Traditional Owners were excluded from a Kimba community ballot, and communities across South Australia and along potential transport corridors have not had a say in the plan.

Instead, let's call on the Minister to embrace evidence-based, responsible waste management.

Sign the open letter now asking Resources Minister Madeleine King to keep the radioactive waste securely stored at the best place until we adopt a credible and evidence-based approach to long-term waste management.

Latest Supporters

Rebecca 2023-02-20 23:14:12 +1100
Jennifer 2023-02-20 22:41:29 +1100
Glen 2023-02-20 21:53:48 +1100
Rory 2023-02-20 20:28:06 +1100
Ursula 2023-02-20 20:01:40 +1100
Robyn 2023-02-20 19:32:30 +1100
We’ve done enough damage to this planet let’s not compound it….
Lynn 2023-02-20 18:07:41 +1100
Send it to mars not here in sth Australia
Dawn 2023-02-20 17:40:01 +1100
Marlene 2023-02-20 17:13:00 +1100
David 2023-02-20 16:43:56 +1100
Paul 2023-02-20 15:38:51 +1100
Seen the photos’ my father bought back from Hiroshima after the war, Dont need nukes in the Southern Hemisphere ,hope morrisons ’ govt didnt do a deal, subs and waste…
Mick 2023-02-20 15:26:13 +1100
Paul 2023-02-20 15:16:57 +1100
Sandra 2023-02-20 15:15:06 +1100
Dylan 2023-02-20 13:26:08 +1100
Please make responsible decisions
or put it in your back yard. Minister Madeleine King
Suriaganthi 2023-02-20 12:41:25 +1100
Margaret 2023-02-20 12:03:05 +1100
Wendy 2023-02-20 11:06:44 +1100
Stop the dumping of radioactive waste in Australia. Stop using nuclear altogether.
George 2023-02-20 11:04:14 +1100
Prime farmland is valuable and not to be abused .
Suzanne 2023-02-20 10:43:56 +1100
This earth is too precious to poison.
Brooke 2023-02-20 10:31:44 +1100
It needs to be stored in a safe place ,well away from where it will not affect people or water ways.Needs looking into properly !
Norma 2023-02-20 10:26:38 +1100
Russell 2023-02-20 10:18:10 +1100
Chas 2023-02-20 10:17:38 +1100
Transporting and double handling nuclear waste poses more risk than leaving it at ANSTO.

Barngarla Traditional Owners and local Aboriginal community members should not have to bear the burden of increased radioactive waste on Country and should be better consulted about the issue.
Monica 2023-02-20 10:09:34 +1100
This is wrong on so many levels and the Government we voted in has to come up with a far more responsible proposal
Annette 2023-02-20 09:17:10 +1100
Jody 2023-02-20 09:04:59 +1100
Raymond 2023-02-20 08:41:19 +1100
Robert 2023-02-20 08:24:37 +1100
Nevyl 2023-02-20 07:05:25 +1100