Outrage over Australian nuclear waste dump
Radio New Zealand
November 13, 2015 5:08 pm
Earlier this year, landholders were invited to nominate land for a facility to house almost all of the country’s nuclear waste.
One of the shortlist of six sites nominated will store low and intermediate level nuclear waste. The government wants to finalise a single location by the end of next year.
The sites have been volunteered by landholders, who stand to recoup four times the value of their land.
The community near the chosen site will be given access to $10 million to put towards infrastructure projects.
Three proposed sites are located in South Australia – Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie, and Barndioota – while the other options are at Hale in the Northern Territory, Sallys Flat in New South Wales and Oman Ama in Queensland.
Resources and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg was optimistic about securing local support.