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Greens send nuclear waste dump bill to inquiry

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 27 Feb 2020

The Greens have referred the legislation to build a nuclear waste dump in South Australia to a Senate Inquiry for scrutiny of the laws and the process that led to this point.

“The Coalition has decided Kimba on SA’s Eyre Peninsula, home to some of the country’s best agricultural land, is the place to dump the nation’s radioactive waste,” South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The site selection process for a nuclear waste dump has been dodgy from the start. It’s ripped small communities apart and Traditional Owners have vehemently objected to the proposal. It’s clear there isn’t broad community support for a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, despite what former Minister Matt Canavan would have everyone believe.

“The Government’s plans will result in ships of radioactive waste passing through South Australia’s regional roads, streets and waters for decades to come. Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Lincol,n and every town living along potential transportation route, should have been consulted and given an opportunity to have their say.

“A radioactive waste dump in the heart of our food bowl puts at risk our clean, green reputation and our state’s key grain export industry.

“The Greens aren’t leaving it to the community of Kimba to hold the line on their own. A Senate Inquiry will give the entire proposal the scrutiny it needs.

“South Australians have already said no to nuclear, but this government doesn’t listen. It’s far more interested in building a radioactive waste dump than investing in renewable energy and our growing potential for green industry.”

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