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If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Thanks to South Australian Senator Rex Patrick, the Federal Senate Enquiry has uncovered many serious flaws in the selection process to establish a Radioactive Waste dump (NRWMF) in South Australia. Must we take for granted what the Department of Industry are selling us while supposedly  operating under the guidelines of “World’s Best Practice”. Let’s look at just a few issues.

The massive increase in jobs defies logic for anyone to comprehend. In 2010 it only took six people to manage a national low-level dump. Some extras for security if there were higher levels of waste i.e. intermediate waste. In 2016, eight to fifteen jobs, depending on what time you joined in the “process”. In 2018 there are now 45 jobs to do the same as what was planned in 2010.        

During the last two and a half years, the public have been led to believe, that there will be mostly gowns, syringes, medical instruments etc. coming to a low-level dump. This has been the main focus on the reason why we need a NRWMF.         

It is now accepted that without the much more dangerous, long lived intermediate level waste coming, there will be very little benefits to either region as stated by the CEO of ANSTO.    

The intermediate waste is only “temporary” so if it goes to its final home, then there goes the 39 jobs with it. The LLW dump at Mt Walton in Western Australia has no staff on site.

The department have no current disposal plan for ILW as it is too cost prohibitive to build one, but say they will look for a site, after a LLW site is built. Will this happen? Governments and policies do change which can have huge effects on government facilities.

To help us make up our mind on what we don’t really know what we are getting, we have the added incentive of thirty-one million dollars to help us. Maybe.

Our two regions are being asked to vote on an issue which keeps changing all the time that could have major implications, not only locally, but to the rest of South Australia.

If neither region gets selected, will the Minister start a new search in Australia with the guarantee of forty-five jobs and thirty-one million dollars for a national low-level dump, or will it revert back to the start i.e. eight to fifteen jobs but only if the ILW comes as well with the ten million dollars remembering that without the ILW there are very few economic benefits to either region.  

Have your say to the Department of Industry Innovation and Science. Send a submission in to radioactivewaste@industry.gov.au and it may help Minister Canavan with his decision.

Leon Ashton, Quorn

Dump the dump

Dump the dump! Who in their right mind wants a facility that can not only harm them, but harm the health of their families for generations to come. The people who can gain from it, will push it as they themselves are thinking of their own personal profit and are not considering the long-term impacts. 

Most of us know that the Hawker site is in the Flinders Ranges, which is a geological feature caused by earthquakes. So, I went onto the SA earthquake catalogue and found there were 1124 events listed for the Hawker region! You don't need to be super bright to work out that an earthquake is an event that has enormous power and, if unleashed close enough to the proposed dump, it could break any seal on any drum made by man, especially when the danger of the nuclear waste will not cease for a period of thousands of years! 

I appeal to the people of Hawker and all their friends in Pt Augusta to rise up and protest so much that the government gets the message that sensible people want to "dump the dump!". Thanks for reading ... please comment, protest, just don't sit on the fence!

Brian Gaull, Victor Harbor