Legal battle over nuclear waste storage facilities in South Australia continues

A legal case between the federal government and traditional owners over a nuclear waste management facility in South Australia is set to continue after the new resources minister was asked to move the project.

The previous federal government designated a site near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula to store low and intermediate level nuclear waste.

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation opposed the installation, saying the traditional owners had not been sufficiently consulted.

He filed a lawsuit last year to stop the installation.

The organization called on the new Labor government to reverse the previous government’s decision to declare Napandee near Kimba as the site of the settlement.

Artist’s impression of the proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Kimba.(Provided)

But Resources Minister Madeline King is reportedly undecided whether or not to overturn the decision.

“Radioactive waste management is a complex, long-term issue that successive governments have been working on for decades,” she said.

“The declaration of the Napandee site was a step forward in ensuring that Australia can safely manage its radioactive waste, waste that is not going to go away.

A close up of a sign with red words and back saying: No Nuclear Waste Dump in South Africa
Protesters support a federal court challenge for the Kimba site.(ABC News: Patrick Martin)

She said she would not prejudge the outcome of the legal process by making changes to the project.

The Barngrala Determination Aboriginal Corporation has written to Ms King and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese asking them to find an alternative site for the nuclear waste management facility.

Former resources minister Keith Pitt previously said the government had consulted the community about the landfill for six years, culminating in a poll that showed more than 60% of Kimba residents support the landfill. project.

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