The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Clare Martin, has said she will fight “tooth and nail” the building of even a small nuclear waste facility in the Territory.
Australia produces nuclear waste at Lucus Heights., where the Sydney facility undertakes nuclear-related research including for diagnosing and treating cancer, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.
The preferred site for storing the waste from Lucas Height, which is apparently a Federal Government responsibility, is Woomera, but the South Australian government has said “no”.
The Northern Territory looks set to end up with the waste facility because the Commonwealth can force it on a Territory.
I have previously written that former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and researcher Geoff Hudson have both endorsed the Australian outback/the Northern Territory as a good place to store not only Sydney’s waste, but the world’s nuclear waste.
I was facinated to read today that an Aboriginal leader is now backing the concept of at least a small nuclear waste facility in the Territory.
According to ABC Online, Galarrwuy Yunupingu says he would be happy to consider a waste dump on his tribal land.
Mr Yunupingu said a [nuclear] dump on Gumatj Land could mean sealed roads, infrastructure and long-term benefits to Aboriginal people as well an oncology unit for Darwin’s Hospital.
He says the dump is an issue of national importance, with over 400,000 Australians receiving radioactive medical treatment each year.
He says Chief Minister Clare Martin should admit that a dump could be safely built in the Territory.
I lived for the first few years of my life (1963-1971) at a place called Coomalie Creek just ‘around the corner’ from the first big uranium mine in Australia at Rum Jungle. The mine site has since been reabilitated and looks like this, View image (100kbs).