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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 control because it is sensible, essential and life saving.
Gerry 2023-02-19 11:55:44 +1100
Frances 2023-02-19 11:33:53 +1100
Hunter 2023-02-19 11:24:02 +1100
I want responsible waste management because it is a basic human right to have a clean environment to live .
Kayla 2023-02-19 11:23:22 +1100
Lynda 2023-02-19 11:12:31 +1100
Steven 2023-02-19 09:00:25 +1100
Joanne 2023-02-19 08:55:37 +1100
Tim 2023-02-19 08:39:39 +1100
Don’t be idiots !
Garry 2023-02-19 07:17:52 +1100
Tim 2023-02-19 07:16:19 +1100
I feel uncomfortable with a nuclear waste dump in this region. The risk to the environment is too great. Native fauna and flora not to mention the ground water is unacceptable.
Robert 2023-02-19 06:07:22 +1100
Seren 2023-02-19 03:45:29 +1100
Pamela 2023-02-19 02:54:39 +1100
Nicola 2023-02-19 00:31:50 +1100
Richard 2023-02-18 23:19:22 +1100
Jo 2023-02-18 23:02:03 +1100
I want responsible waste management of all materials, but toxic materials and with incredibly long term effects, cannot be dismissed by burying in someone else backyard away from the cities and especially the politicians. All communities should be consulted and their lives treated respectfully.
Janelle 2023-02-18 22:40:43 +1100
Jax 2023-02-18 22:31:20 +1100
Consider the future of our agricultural area and our children’s children. Care for the planet-no ill conceived unsafe nuclear waste anywhere!
Gabrielle 2023-02-18 22:19:16 +1100
Louise 2023-02-18 22:07:08 +1100
Sunni 2023-02-18 21:41:13 +1100
Blair 2023-02-18 21:33:53 +1100
Frédérique 2023-02-18 21:09:52 +1100
Tschernobyl, Fukushima, Gorleben…
It has never been safe and therefore nuclear waste needs to be handled with the outmost care for everyone including the people to come.
Sigrid 2023-02-18 20:45:37 +1100
Graeme 2023-02-18 20:06:51 +1100
Tony 2023-02-18 19:50:16 +1100
Trish 2023-02-18 19:36:54 +1100
John 2023-02-18 19:22:50 +1100
Suzannah 2023-02-18 19:18:20 +1100
Vivienne 2023-02-18 18:05:34 +1100