The Australian Conservation Foundation has welcomed the end of plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump in South Australia.

Earlier today Premier Jay Weatherill formally ruled out the controversial plan declaring it “dead” and “not something that will be progressed by the Labor Party in Government”.

“This is good news for South Australia and all Australians,” said ACF nuclear free campaigner Dave Sweeney.

“The radioactive waste plan was ill-considered and the reality would have been permanent risk."

The dump push came out of a state Royal Commission into the nuclear sector and attracted sustained opposition that included protest actions, rallies, tens of thousands of petitions and protest letters and widespread civil society and Aboriginal opposition.

The plan never enjoyed state or federal bi-partisan political support and was rejected by eighty percent of participants in a Citizens Jury process late last year.

“This plan has always lacked credibility and consent and today’s decision by the Premier is both overdue and welcome.

“Above all it is a massive tribute to people power and the importance of speaking up and standing up and taking action for a cleaner and safer future," said Sweeney.

In welcoming today’s reprieve on international waste plans ACF has reaffirmed its support for communities in regional South Australia currently facing the threat of a national radioactive waste facility.

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