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Add your name to the open letter

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

I want responsible waste management because this Petri dish is only so big
Susan 2023-02-20 06:57:44 +1100
E 2023-02-20 02:49:05 +1100
Reduce double handling risk.
Stop putting People, plants and animals at risk.
Rusty 2023-02-20 01:59:40 +1100
We could poison the entire country there is a leak
Sultana 2023-02-20 00:56:37 +1100
Michelle 2023-02-20 00:53:24 +1100
Leave the waste where it is and work out a better way of taking care of it, instead of putting it in someone else’s back yard. The companies who used it have a duty to contribute to caring for the waste. As do anyone who uses radioactive materials in their lives.
Anne 2023-02-19 23:06:45 +1100
Susan 2023-02-19 22:33:08 +1100
Christopher 2023-02-19 22:30:46 +1100
We neither want nor need nuclear in Australia!
Klaus 2023-02-19 22:13:35 +1100
Paul 2023-02-19 21:40:38 +1100
Meg 2023-02-19 21:04:47 +1100
Tracey 2023-02-19 20:21:12 +1100
Echo 2023-02-19 19:49:45 +1100
Lynda 2023-02-19 19:37:38 +1100
Christine 2023-02-19 19:06:09 +1100
I want responsible waste management because of the high risk of contamination and pollution of the environment and human civilization
Boyd 2023-02-19 17:54:22 +1100
This is too toxic, dangerous and should no be used under any circumstances whatsoever.
Lorraine 2023-02-19 17:44:13 +1100
There is no absolute guarantee offered in this proposal to never expand the site or never to take anything except Australian low grade medical waste
Suzi 2023-02-19 17:17:19 +1100
Jennifer 2023-02-19 17:09:43 +1100
Incredibly serious for future generations!
Suz 2023-02-19 16:45:39 +1100
South Australians voted resoundly to not become the nations nuclear waste dump!
If they want to use nuclear power they should store it where they use it so there is the minimal amount of handling and transportation of the volatile material.
Scott 2023-02-19 16:01:29 +1100
I care
David 2023-02-19 15:58:31 +1100
I campaigned to stop nuclear waste dump in NT. Now for SA
chris 2023-02-19 15:23:10 +1100
Becky 2023-02-19 14:49:53 +1100
We do not need nuclear dumps in Australia. We have one in Lucas Heights which can be monitored. Use that
Sue 2023-02-19 14:27:31 +1100
Transportation of waste is an inherent risk. Why move something that you still have good control and capability where it already is and that is for decades to come.
Bruce 2023-02-19 13:39:41 +1100
Natural disasters, climate change, First Nations justice, social breakdown and ordinary human error make this decision critical. Please take all into account in the decisions
Jean 2023-02-19 13:08:16 +1100
Kerry 2023-02-19 12:59:39 +1100
Melissa 2023-02-19 12:50:18 +1100
I want responsible waste management because it is so late in the history of waste disposal and we haven’t yet got a long term plan for all sorts of waste, and then future generations experience the toxic cost to our planet.
Jenny 2023-02-19 12:46:13 +1100