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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

Michael 2023-02-18 17:58:51 +1100
ron 2023-02-18 16:40:22 +1100
Just don’t do it , simple !!!
Darren 2023-02-18 16:18:35 +1100
Helwn 2023-02-18 15:34:45 +1100
Children and their children deserve better.
Patricia 2023-02-18 15:18:39 +1100
Lee 2023-02-18 14:47:58 +1100
Maree Lynette 2023-02-18 13:28:38 +1100
Nuclear waste lasts longer than the human race.
Jac 2023-02-18 12:54:15 +1100
The waste is the problem of companies and governments to deal with their waste responsibly. Years have past and they have not given enough time and money to this waste product and a better solution. Companies problem be accountable.
Mary 2023-02-18 12:28:02 +1100
We can’t take risks with unnecessary movement of this waste
Heather 2023-02-18 11:59:08 +1100
Joan 2023-02-18 11:34:37 +1100
Beverley 2023-02-18 11:23:03 +1100
Marion 2023-02-18 10:59:53 +1100
we know the outcome of nuclear disasters …the science to contain the waste is do not produce the waste …so no to Nuclear waste storage
samantha 2023-02-18 10:53:04 +1100
Profit is only profit for a moment. Stock markets can crash. Out home on earth was built forever
Acton 2023-02-18 10:38:44 +1100
Jean 2023-02-18 10:37:32 +1100
Human mistakes can happen easily with dangerous radioactive material like the recent capsule lost in transport. This material doesn’t need to moved. So leave it where it is.
Marie 2023-02-18 08:08:59 +1100
i want responsible nuclear waste disposal , NOT just dumping it anywhere.
Laraine 2023-02-18 06:34:17 +1100
Anything other than responsible waste management only encourages nuclear industry proliferation!
Victor 2023-02-17 22:51:56 +1100
Lisa 2023-02-17 22:30:46 +1100
Everybody has the right to breathe pure air & to be as healthy as possible. To actually use anything that creates toxic waste is bad enough, but to then decide where you want it to go, with no consideration to the people who live in that state, let alone that area, is despicable. People are not things that you can decide don’t deserve any consideration whatsoever.
Heather 2023-02-17 20:10:32 +1100
Christine 2023-02-17 19:50:08 +1100
If, as scientists say, radioactive waste is dangerous to all living creatures, then leave where it is already stored securely – as Lucas Heights.

If it is in fact safe, then why not store it under Parliament House??
Vivien 2023-02-17 18:13:57 +1100
ian 2023-02-17 16:32:50 +1100
It is sheer stupidity to have nuclear waste.
Alex 2023-02-17 16:11:16 +1100
Murray 2023-02-17 15:40:56 +1100
If we have dangerous waste we need to safely store it. Otherwise don’t produce such nasty stuff. Why is this so hard to understand?
Mary 2023-02-17 14:37:42 +1100
There is so much space in Australia unused. It’s just hot and dry and further away.Or is money the issue?
Lisa 2023-02-17 13:36:26 +1100
Dale 2023-02-17 13:11:16 +1100
‘Anything man-made nuclear’ should be stopped ASAP in Australia (but also everywhere). FAr too costly in many aspects. Unproven unreliable still scientific process technology only. Trillions wasted on nuclear globally. Less (global) population is the sole answer. I want no NRW, esp. not any from overseas, in South Australia. NO conclusive medicinal benefits exist – only following surgical removal and then only maybe. Deaths do occur due to chemo. All nuclear at what (lasting life) costs? Private Health Insurance should not have mandatory ‘nuclear fees’ legislated against it. Optional choice but only maybe at full individual choice expense.
Sebastian 2023-02-17 12:43:35 +1100