BUCKLEBOO community members are still in limbo over a possible nuclear waste dump in the area.
This short list of sites across Australia was to have been released in late August, but due to the change of government ministersa delay has occurred, leaving some members of the district concerned.
After a community meeting in August, members of the Against Radioactive Waste Group have taken steps to ensure they are informed on what the implications of a nuclear waste dump could have on their community.
“We are suspicious that the list could be released when we are in the middle of harvest, a time when we are all flat out busy,” a spokeswoman for the group said.
“The powers that be may hope that we will not have enough time to fight thisif we are busy, but we are prepared if we are nominated as a short list district, because this is too important to not pay attention to.”
The group has prepared an information pack and sent it to new Resources, Energy and Northern Australia MinisterJosh Frydenbergin the hopetheir concerns will be listened to.
Mr Frydenberg is responsible for the release of a short list of communities interested in having a nuclear waste dump on their land.
A spokesperson for the minister said the government was running an “open and transparent process to choose a voluntary site for a national radioactive waste facility”.
“As Australia does not produce high level radioactive waste, site planning will focus on disposal of low level waste and storage of intermediate waste.”
“The facility will not be imposed on an unwilling community and the government will undertake extensive consultation in selecting a site.
“However, this commitment does not provide an individual or group with an automatic veto over a site nominated voluntarily.”
There is no date for release of short listed sites.
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